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Beckett, Ronald Brymer (1891–1970), administrator in India and art historian, was born on 17 January 1891 in Micklefield Terrace, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of James Robertson Beckett (1855–1923), manager in a firm of silk and woollen merchants, and his wife, Annie Bertha Murray (1864–1952)...

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Bowler, Henry Alexander (1824–1903), painter and art administrator, was born on 30 November 1824 in Kensington, London, the son of Charles Bowler and his wife, Frances Anne. After attending private schools he studied art at James Matthews Leigh's school of painting in Newman Street, London...

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Burton, Sir Frederic William (1816–1900), watercolour painter and art administrator, was born on 8 April 1816 at Clifden House, Corofin, near Inchiquin Lake, co. Clare, Ireland. He was the third son of Samuel Frederic Burton (b. 1786), a country gentleman, and his wife, ...

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Sir Sidney Colvin (1845–1927) by Alphonse Legros, 1893 © Copyright The British Museum

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Colvin, Sir Sidney (1845–1927), art and literary scholar and museum administrator, was born at Norwood, Surrey, on 18 June 1845, the youngest of the three children (all sons) who survived infancy of Bazett David Colvin (1805–1871), East India merchant, and his wife, Mary Steuart (1821–1902)...

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Cox, (Alfred) Peter (1918–2015), arts administrator and educationist, was born on 7 March 1918 at Highway House, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, the youngest of three children and only son of Stephen Cox (1870–1943), chief conservator of forests of the Madras Presidency...

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Duval [Fortuyn], Robert (1649–1732), painter and art administrator, was born in The Hague, Holland. Of his parents, nothing is known. He first worked as a pupil of the artist Nicolaes Willingh and subsequently studied and worked in Berlin and at Rome (where he was known as ...

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Eastlake, Sir Charles Lock (1793–1865), painter and art administrator, was born at Plymouth on 17 November 1793, the fourth son of George Eastlake (d. 1820), judge-advocate and solicitor to the Admiralty, and his wife, Mary (d. 1823), daughter of Samuel Pierce...

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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793–1865) by John Prescott Knight, exh. RA 1857 © Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Fairbairn, Sir Thomas, second baronet (1823–1891), art administrator and patron, was born on 18 January 1823 at The Polygon, Ardwick, Manchester, the third of the eight surviving children of Sir William Fairbairn, first baronet (1789–1874), engineer, and his wife, Dorothy (1788/9–1882), daughter of ...