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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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Peter Frederick Anson (1889–1975) by Howard Coster, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anson, Peter Frederick (1889–1975), monk, writer, and artist, was born Frederick Charles Anson on 22 August 1889 at 32 South Parade, Southsea, the son of Charles Eustace Anson (1858–1940), subsequently rear-admiral, and his wife, (Maria) Evelyn, née Ross (1863–1904). His father came from a family with strong connections to the ...

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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Barnes, Djuna Chappell (1892–1982), writer and artist, was born on 12 June 1892 in a log cabin on Storm King Mountain, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York state, USA. She was the daughter of an American father, Wald Harold Barnes (1865–1934), and an English mother, Elizabeth Chappell (1862–1945)...

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Bentley, Richard (bap. 1708, d. 1782), writer and artist, was baptized on 3 June 1708 at All Saints', Cambridge, the youngest of the four children and only surviving son of Dr Richard Bentley (1662–1742), master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and his wife, Joanna Bernard (...

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Bisset, James (1762?–1832), artist and writer of verse, was born in Perth, the son of a merchant. He received his early education at a dame-school. He developed early a love of art and literature and from the age of nine began regularly to take the ...

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Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet, was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London, the third son of James Blake (1723?–1784), a hosier, and his wife, Catherine, née Wright (1723–1792), the widow of Thomas Armitage. Blake had four brothers, ...

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William Blake (1757–1827) by Thomas Phillips, 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blow, Isabella [née Isabella Delves Broughton] (1958–2007), fashion journalist and stylist, was born on 19 November 1958 at the London Clinic, 20 Devonshire Place, Westminster, the eldest child in the family of three daughters and a son of Major Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton, ...

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Isabella Blow (1958–2007) by Mario Testino, 1998 Mario Testino / Art Partner; hat by Philip Treacy

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Boydell, Josiah (1752–1817), artist and publisher, was born on 18 January 1752 at the Manor House, Hawarden, Flintshire, the fourth of nine children of Samuel Boydell (1727–1783), farmer, and his wife Ann, née Turner (1725–1764). Apprenticed in 1766 to his uncle, John Boydell...

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Brown, Oliver Madox (1855–1874), author and artist, born at Finchley, Middlesex, on 20 January 1855, was the second child and only son of Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893), already a distinguished painter, and his second wife, Emma Hill (1829–1890), daughter of a bricklayer. Ford Madox Brown...

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Samuel Butler (1835–1902) self-portrait, 1873? Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (G-546)

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Butler, Samuel (1835–1902), writer and artist, was born on 4 December 1835 at the rectory at Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son in the family of four children (including another son, Thomas, and two daughters, Henrietta and May) of Thomas Butler (1806–1886)...

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Clayton [married name Needham], Ellen Creathorne (1834–1900), author and artist, was born in Gloucester Terrace, Dublin, on 15 February 1834, the eldest child and only daughter of Benjamin Clayton (1809–1883), an engraver and illustrator, and his wife, Mary Graham (d. 1877)...

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Clements [married name Sharp, Seton], Gladys Agnes [Julia], Lady Seton (1906–2010), journalist and promoter of flower arranging, was born on 10 April 1906 at 41 Poplar Mount, Belvedere, Kent, the eldest of seven children of Frank Clements (1871/2–1916), marine engineer, and his wife, ...