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Barker, Henry Aston (1774–1856), panorama proprietor and painter, younger son of Robert Barker (1739–1806), the panorama painter, and his wife, Catherine, née Aston (1744–1842), was born in Glasgow. At the age of twelve he was set to work by his father to take the outlines of the city of ...

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Barrasford, Thomas (1859–1910), variety theatre entrepreneur, was born at East Jarrow, Westoe, co. Durham, on 2 November 1859, the son of Henry Barrasford, ballast keelman, and his wife, Ann, née Sheraton. His father became a publican, and Thomas followed him into the licensed trade, taking a number of public houses in ...

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Burford, Robert (1791–1861), panorama painter and proprietor, was the son of John Burford, a panorama proprietor. Both Robert Burford and his father worked for Robert Barker (1739–1806), the inventor of the panorama, and then, after his death, for his son Henry Aston Barker (1774–1856)...

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Dosunmu, Samson Olabowale [Ola] (1914–1991?), gambler and nightclub proprietor, was born on 6 October 1914 in the Ijebu region of south-western Nigeria, the son of Dosunmu Adenowa, a farmer. His parents were Ijebu-Yoruba. He was related to a hereditary chieftancy in the Delo-Dosunmu...

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Samson Olabowale Dosunmu (1914–?1991) by unknown photographer, c. 1959 [right, with Irene Adenowa-Dosunmu] collection of Val Wilmer

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Gye, Frederick, the elder (1781–1869), tea dealer and proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, was by 1806 a printer in partnership with G. Balne at 7 Union Court, Broad Street, in the City of London, where, having secured the contract for printing state lottery tickets, he made a profitable living. ...

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Hague, Samuel [Sam] (1829/30–1901), minstrel show manager, was born in Sheffield. He was apprenticed to a cutler as a boy, and also appeared as a clog dancer in local theatres. In the early 1840s Hague, with two of his brothers, emigrated to the ...

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Hardee, Malcolm Gerrard (1950–2005), comedian and comedy promoter, was born on 5 January 1950 in Lewisham Hospital, London, the eldest child of (Harry) Frank George Hardee, Thames lighterman, and his wife, Joan Annie Alicia, née Hurley. He attended St Stephen's Church of England primary school...

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Keyse, Thomas (1721–1800), still-life painter and pleasure garden proprietor, was born in Gloucester. He may have been the Thomas Keyse who was baptized at St Mary-le-Crypt, Gloucester, on 30 April 1721, the son of Thomas Keyse and his wife, Mary. A self-taught artist, he was a member of the ...