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Coates, Wells Wintemute (1895–1958), architect and industrial designer, was born on 17 December 1895 in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of the six children of the Revd Dr Harper Havelock Coates (1865–1934), Canadian-born Methodist medical missionary and professor of philosophy and comparative religion at the ...

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Devey, George (1820–1886), architect and painter, was born on 23 February 1820 at 34 Ely Place, London, the second of four children of Frederick Nicholls Devey (1786–1862), a solicitor, and his wife, Ann (b. 1785), daughter of Durs Egg, a Swiss gunmaker who had emigrated to ...

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George Devey (1820–1886) by unknown photographer RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Ernest William Gimson (1864–1919) by unknown photographer, c. 1900–10 Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

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Gimson, Ernest William (1864–1919), craftsman and architect, was born in Leicester on 21 December 1864, the fourth child and second son in the family of three sons and four daughters of Josiah Gimson (1818–1883), iron-founder, engineer, and industrial entrepreneur, who established the Vulcan works...

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Goldfinger, Ernö (1902–1987), architect, was born on 11 September 1902 in Budapest, second capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the eldest of the three sons (there were no daughters) of Oscar Goldfinger, lawyer, landowner, and industrialist, and his wife, Regine Haiman. His early years were spent among the mountains of ...

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Ernö Goldfinger (1902–1987) by Eileen Agar, 1938 © Estate of Eileen Agar; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hewett, Sir Thomas (1656–1726), architect and landowner, was born on 9 September 1656, eldest son of William Hewett, landowner, and Mary, daughter of Sir Richard Prince. After schooling at Shrewsbury School and Christ Church, Oxford, he travelled extensively on the continent, visiting France...

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Lethaby, William Richard (1857–1931), educationist and architect, was born at Grosvenor Street, Barnstaple, on 18 January 1857, the only son and youngest of two children of Richard Pyle Lethaby (d. c.1904), of Barnstaple, and his wife, Mary Rowe Crago (d...

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William Richard Lethaby (1857–1931) by unknown photographer RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Unwin, Sir Raymond (1863–1940), engineer, architect, and town planner, was the younger son of William Unwin (1827–1900) and his wife, Elizabeth Sully, of a family from Bridgwater, Somerset, with shipping interests in the Welsh coal trade. His father had inherited a tannery at ...

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Sir Raymond Unwin (1863–1940) by George Charles Beresford, 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857–1941), architect and designer, was born in Hessle, near Hull, on 28 May 1857, the third child and eldest son of the six daughters and four sons of the Revd Charles Voysey (1828–1912) and his wife, Frances Maria, née...

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Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) by Harold Speed, 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Webb, Philip Speakman (1831–1915), architect, was born on 12 January 1831 at 1 Beaumont Street, Oxford, the second among the eleven children of Charles Webb (c.1795–1848), physician, and his wife, M. Elizabeth Speakman. His parents moved c.1834 to 15 St Giles'...

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Philip Speakman Webb (1831–1915) by Charles Fairfax Murray, 1873 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Henry (1864–1934), architect and metalworker, was born on 12 March 1864 at 91 Red Rock Street, West Derby, near Liverpool, the eldest of three surviving children, all sons, of William Henry Wilson, schoolmaster, and his wife, Clara Louisa Broadley. Wilson, who was to become one of the most original and versatile practitioners of the arts and crafts style, studied at ...