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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969) by Pierre Roy, 1949 [Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 boulevard Arago] © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2010; photograph Tate, London, 2004

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Anrep, Boris Vasilyevich, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969), mosaicist, came of a noble Russian family. He was born on 28 September 1883 in St Petersburg, the son of Vasily Konstantinovich von Anrep (1852–1927), a doctor who became the minister of education for ...

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Joanna Constantinidis (1927–2000) by Tim Macpherson © Tim Macpherson / Ceramic Review; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Constantinidis [née Connell], Joanna (1927–2000), potter, was born on 12 December 1927 at Purey Court Nursing Home, York, the second daughter and second of the three children of James Connell (1897–1957), factory manager, and his wife, Clara Peterson (1886–1977).

Connell showed artistic flair at an early age. Though art was not taught at ...

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Henderson, (James) Ewen (1934–2000), ceramic artist, was born on 3 January 1934 at Cheddleton Hospital, Staffordshire, the second son and younger child of David Henderson (c.1900–1953), doctor of medicine, and (Beatrice) Mary Stewart (c.1905–1956), teacher and administrator, both of whom were Scottish. He was brought up, unconventionally and rather unhappily, in a large mental hospital near ...

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Leach, Bernard Howell (1887–1979), potter and writer, was born on 5 January 1887 in Hong Kong, the only child of Andrew John Leach (1852–1904), barrister and puisne judge, and his wife, Eleanor (known as Nellie; 1862–1887), daughter of Hamilton Sharp of Manchester, headmaster, and his wife....

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Bernard Howell Leach (1887–1979) self-portrait, 1914 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Staite Murray (1881–1962) by unknown photographer, c. 1930 © reserved; unknown collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Murray, William Staite (1881–1962), potter and teacher of pottery, was born on 9 September 1881 at 103 High Street, Deptford, London, the third son of the six children of James Murray, merchant, and his wife, Arabella, daughter of Abel Staite, cheesemonger, of London...