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Armstrong, Sir Walter (1849–1918), museum director and art historian, was born at Hawick, Roxburghshire, on 7 February 1849, the elder of the two sons and three daughters of Walter Armstrong, a merchant described as 'a man of handsome fortune' (Spielmann), and his wife, ...

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Atkinson, Frank (1924–2014), museum founder and director, was born on 13 April 1924 at Pindar Oaks Maternity Home, Barnsley, the son of Ernest Atkinson (b. 1885), plumber and cycle dealer, and his wife, Elfrida, née Bedford (b. 1891), schoolteacher. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Bodkin, Thomas Patrick (1887–1961), museum director and art critic, was born in Dublin on 21 July 1887, the eldest of the family of two sons and four daughters of Matthias McDonnell Bodkin, a journalist who was later county court judge of Clare and MP for ...

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Boxall, Sir William (1800–1879), portrait painter and museum director, was born on 29 June 1800 in or near Oxford, the son of Thomas Boxall, clerk to the collector of excise, and the brother of Anne (d. 1846), later wife of the Revd Charles Boxall Longland...

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Sir William Boxall (1800–1879) by Michel Angelo Pittatore, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Callender, Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine (1875–1946), naval historian and museum director, was born at Didsbury, Manchester, on 25 November 1875, the elder son of Arthur William Callender, cotton mill owner, and his wife, Agnes Louisa, daughter of the Revd George Stephen Woodgate, vicar of ...

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Caw, Sir James Lewis (1864–1950), museum director and art historian, was born on 25 September 1864 at Craigie Terrace, St Quivox, Ayr, the son of James Caw, draper, and his wife, Eliza Murray, née Greenfield. Educated at Ayr Academy, he undertook an apprenticeship in engineering at the ...

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Clarke, Sir Caspar Purdon (1846–1911), museum director and architect, was born at Richmond, co. Dublin, on 21 December 1846, the second son of Edward Marmaduke Clarke, of an old Somerset family, who married Mary Agnes, daughter of James Close of Armagh. Clarke was educated at ...

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Clarke, Louis Colville Gray (1881–1960), art connoisseur and museum director, was born in Croydon on 2 May 1881, tenth son and youngest of the fourteen children of Stephenson Clarke, coal factor, and his wife, Agnes Maria Bridger. He was schooled privately. He went up to ...

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Cockerell, Sir Sydney Carlyle (1867–1962), museum director and book collector, was born at Brighton on 16 July 1867, the second child (and second son) of the family of four sons and two daughters of Sydney John Cockerell (1842–1877), coal merchant, of London, and his wife, ...