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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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(Frank) Graham Bell (1910–1943) by Olivier Bell, 1938 [painting Dover Front] private collection

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Bell, (Frank) Graham (1910–1943), painter and writer, was born on 21 November 1910 near Brakpan, Johannesburg, Transvaal, the eldest of the three sons of Frank Graham Bell (1874–1948), a British mining engineer, and his wife, Marjorie, née Hewitt (1888–1979). The family spent from 1915 to 1922 in ...

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Brown, Ford Madox (1821–1893), painter and designer, was born at Calais, France, on 16 April 1821, the son of Ford Brown (d. 1842) and his wife, Caroline (d. 1839), the daughter of Tristram Maries Madox, of an old Kent yeoman family. ...

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Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893) self-portrait, 1877 courtesy of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop. Photograph: Katya Kallsen © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Copley, John (1875–1950), printmaker and painter, was born on 25 June 1875 at his parents' home, Fallowfield, in Manchester, the only child of William Crawford Williamson (1816–1895), professor of botany at Manchester University and founder of palaeobotany, and his second wife, Annie Copley Heaton (1840?–1929?)...

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Crane, Walter (1845–1915), illustrator, designer, and painter, was born on 15 August 1845 at 12 Maryland Street, Liverpool, the third child of Thomas Crane (1808–1859), a portrait painter well established in the north-west of England, and his wife, Marie Kearsley. When he was three months old the family moved to ...

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Walter Crane (1845–1915) by George Frederic Watts, 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Dadd (1817–1886) by Henry Hering, c. 1856 [painting Contradiction: Oberon and Titania in Bethlem Hospital] © Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum