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Francis Bacon (1909–1992) by John Hedgecoe, 1970 © John Hedgecoe; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bacon, Francis (1909–1992), painter, was born on 28 October 1909 at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, the second of five children of English parents, Edward Anthony Mortimer Bacon, army officer, and his wife, Christina Winifred Firth. Bacon's father moved his family to Westbourne Terrace, London...

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Hayter, Stanley William (1901–1988), painter and printmaker, was born in Hackney on 27 December 1901, the third of four children (two sons and two daughters) of William Harry Hayter, painter, and his wife, Ellen Mercy Palmer. Among his many artist ancestors was Sir George Hayter...

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Stanley William Hayter (1901–1988) by Jorge Lewinski, 1968 © Burlington / Lewinski Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 ...

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Lamb, Henry Taylor (1883–1960), painter, was born in Adelaide, South Australia, on 21 June 1883, the third son and fifth of the seven children of Sir Horace Lamb (1849–1934), mathematician and physicist, and his wife, Elizabeth Mary, née Foot (d. 1930), a former ladies' companion and the daughter of ...

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Conroy Ronald Maddox (1912–2005) by unknown photographer, 1938 by kind permission of Silvano Levy

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Maddox, Conroy Ronald (1912–2005), artist, was born on 27 December 1912 at 8 The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, the only son and elder child of Albert George Maddox (1886–1958), rate collector and Territorial Force volunteer, and his wife, Eleanor Annie, née Ballinger (1884–1975). His sister, ...

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Smits [Smitz], Caspar [alias Theodorus Hartcamp; called Magdalen Smith] (c. 1635–c. 1707), painter, was probably of Dutch origin. In England he was called Magdalen Smith, since he was known for his pictures of the penitent Magdalen. His father, Houbraken believed, was an officer in the Dutch army. According to ...