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Brockedon, William (1787–1854), painter, writer, and inventor, was born on 13 October 1787 in Totnes, Devon, and baptized there on 12 November, the only child of Philip Brockedon (d. 1802), watchmaker, and his wife, Mary (d. 1837). Brockedon was educated at a private school in ...

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Brontë, (Patrick) Branwell (1817–1848), writer and painter, was born on 26 June 1817 at Thornton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the fourth of six children of the Revd Patrick Brontë (1777–1861), Church of England clergyman, and Maria Branwell (1783–1821), daughter of Thomas and Anne Branwell...

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(Patrick) Branwell Brontë (1817–1848) self-portrait, c. 1840 courtesy of the Brontë Society

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Brown, Christy (1932–1981), writer and painter, was born on 5 June 1932 at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, the son of Patrick Brown (d. 1955), a Catholic bricklayer active in the trade union, and his wife, Bridget Fagan (d. 1968). There were seventeen children in all, thirteen of whom survived into adulthood; ...

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Christy Brown (1932–1981) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Garnett [née Bell], Angelica Vanessa (1918–2012), painter and writer, was born at Charleston, a then secluded farmhouse in the Sussex downs, on Christmas day 1918. From that moment a deception began which was to colour the rest of her life. Her mother, the painter ...

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Angelica Vanessa Garnett (1918–2012) by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith, c.1957 © the Estate of Sir Matthew Bracy Smith

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William Hazlitt (1778–1830) self-portrait, c. 1802 Maidstone Museums and Art Galleries / Bridgeman Art Library

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Hazlitt, William (1778–1830), writer and painter, was born on 10 April 1778 at Mitre Close, Maidstone, Kent, the fourth of the seven children of the Revd William Hazlitt (1737–1820), Unitarian minister, and his wife, Grace (1746–1837), née Loftus, daughter of an ironmonger of ...