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Astley, John (1720–1787), portrait painter and beau, was born at Wem in Shropshire on 24 June 1720, and baptized there on 6 April 1724, a younger son of Richard Astley, surgeon, and his wife, Margaret. After attending school in Shropshire, in the early 1740s he went to ...

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Brummell, George Bryan [known as Beau Brummell] (1778–1840), dandy and socialite, was born on 7 June 1778 in Downing Street, Westminster, the last of three children of William (Billy) Brummell (d. 1794), private secretary to the prime minister, Lord North, and his wife, ...

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George Bryan Brummell [Beau Brummell] (1778–1840) by R. Dighton, 1805 unknown collection; photograph © Christie's Images Ltd

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Davies, Scrope Berdmore (1782–1852), dandy and friend of Lord Byron, was born towards the end of 1782 in Horsley, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on new year's day 1783, the second son in the family of six sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Davies (1747–1825)...

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Delaval, Sir Francis Blake (1727–1771), rake, was born on 16 March 1727, the second child and eldest son of Francis Blake Delaval (bap. 1692, d. 1752) [see under Delaval family] of Seaton Delaval and Ford, Northumberland, and his wife, Rhoda (...

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D'Orsay, Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel], styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852), artist and dandy, was born in Paris on 4 September 1801, second son of Albert, Count D'Orsay, a general in Napoleon's grand armée, and Eleanore de Franquemont, an illegitimate daughter of the ...

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Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud D'Orsay, styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852) by Sir George Hayter, 1839 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ker, (John) Bellenden [formerly John Bellenden Gawler] (1764–1842), botanist and man of fashion, was born John Bellenden Gawler on 10 May 1764, the eldest son of John Gawler (d. 1803) of Ramridge, near Andover, Hampshire, and Caroline (d. 1802), eldest surviving daughter of ...

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Thomas Raikes (1777–1848) by Richard Dighton, pubd 1818 [One of the Rake's of London] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. P. Courtney

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Raikes, Thomas (1777–1848), dandy and diarist, born on 3 October 1777, was the eldest son of Thomas Raikes (1741–1813) and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1810), daughter of the Hon. Henry Finch. He had three brothers, including the clergyman Henry Raikes (1782–1854), and five sisters. His father was the brother of ...