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Caus [Caux], Isaac de (1589/90–1648), garden designer and architect, was born in Dieppe. He was a relative (possibly a nephew) of Salomon de Caus, and was, like him, a Huguenot. The date of his arrival in England is not known, but he was in the country by the early 1620s, and was naturalized in 1634....

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Ercolani, Lucian Randolph (1888–1976), furniture designer and manufacturer, was born on 8 May 1888 at Sant' Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, Italy, the eldest son of Abdon Ercolani, a picture framer, and his wife, a dressmaker. He was left in the care of his grandmother when his parents moved to ...

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Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes (1901–1983) self-portrait, 1949 © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hermes, Gertrude Anna Bertha (1901–1983), printmaker, sculptor, and designer, was born on 18 August 1901 at Altena, Bickley, Kent, the second of five children of German-born parents, Louis August Hermes (1866–1949) and his wife, Helene, née Gerdes (1872–1949), of Altena, near Dortmund. Her father, who had lived in ...

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Daniel Marot (1661–1752) by Jacob Gole (after Jacques Parmentier) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Marot, Daniel (1661–1752), architect, designer, and engraver, was born in Paris in 1661, the son of the protestant Jean Marot (1619–1679), engraver and architect, and his wife, Charlotte, daughter of the Dutch cabinet-maker Abraham Garbrand. Daniel assisted his father on his engravings of contemporary French architecture, published in 1670 as ...

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George Henry Walton (1867–1933) by James Craig Annan, c. 1897 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Walton, George Henry (1867–1933), designer and architect, was born on 3 June 1867 at 58 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, the youngest of the twelve children of Jackson Walton (c.1808–1873) and his second wife, Eliza Anne Nicholson (1826–1902), daughter of Thomas Balfour Nicholson...