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Adams, Robert (1917–1984), sculptor and designer, was born on 5 October 1917 at Far Cotton, Northamptonshire, the youngest of the three children of Arthur and Emily Adams. From about 1930 to 1951 he lived in Hardingstone, near Northampton. He left school at the age of fourteen and did manual work but probably between 1937 and 1946 attended evening classes, part-time, in life drawing and painting at the ...

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W. C. Monkhouse

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Aggas, Robert (c. 1620–c. 1682), landscape and scene painter, was the son of Samuel Agas of St Andrew's parish, Holborn. The family was originally from Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk. Samuel Agas was the son of Edward Aggas, a bookseller and printer, and relative of ...

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Baker, William [name in religion Anselm] (1833–1885), heraldic artist and mural painter, was born in Birmingham on 23 January 1833, the son of Thomas Baker, a coach painter. He appears to have worked as a gun-stocker, and he learned to paint and draw at the ...

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Bampfylde, Coplestone Warre (1720–1791), landscape painter and garden designer, was born on 28 February 1720 at Hestercombe House, Kingston, Taunton, great-grandson of Sir Coplestone Bampfylde (1637/8–1692) and the eldest of nine children of John Bampfylde (1691–1750), MP for Exeter and Devon, and his second wife, ...

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William Barron (1805–1891) by unknown photographer Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

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Barron, William (1805–1891), landscape gardener, was born on 7 September 1805 in Eccles, Berwickshire, the son of John Barron, gardener, and his wife, Betty Johnston. (The year of his birth is usually cited as 1800, as a result of a mistake in his obituary in the ...

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Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (1904–1980), photographer and designer for screen and theatre, was born at 21 Langland Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 14 January 1904, the eldest of the two sons and two daughters of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), timber merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904–1980) by Dorothy Wilding, 1937 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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W. J. Lawrence

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Beverly, William Roxby (1810?–1889), scene-painter, was born at Richmond, Surrey, probably in 1810, the youngest son of William Beverly or Beverley (1764/5–1842) and his wife, Mary (1775/6–1851). The elder Beverly, a well-known actor–manager, had abandoned his own surname of Roxby on taking to the boards, to distinguish himself from his uncle ...

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Blaikie, Thomas (1751–1838), landscape gardener and plant collector, was born at Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, on 2 March 1751, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Blaikie, who owned a small market garden at Corstorphine, and his wife, ...

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George Frederick Bodley (1827–1907) by unknown photographer, 1899 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Bodley, George Frederick (1827–1907), architect and designer, was born at his parents' home, 4 Albion Street, Hull, on 14 March 1827, the sixth child and youngest son of William Hulme Bodley MD (1781–1855) of Edinburgh, physician of the Hull Royal Infirmary, and his wife, ...

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Bridgeman [Bridgman], Charles (d. 1738), landscape gardener, was possibly of East Anglian origin. Nothing is known of his parentage or education, although there is some speculation that his father might also have been a gardener (Willis, Bridgeman, 2002). He is first recorded by the inscription '...

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Brookshaw, George (bap. 1751, d. 1823), cabinet-maker and decorative painter, was baptized at St Philip's Church, Birmingham, on 10 July 1751, one of three children of George Brookshaw (b. c.1722) and his wife, Mary Hawkes (b. c.1723); his elder brother, the engraver ...

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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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Brown, Lancelot [known as Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783), landscape gardener and architect, was baptized on 30 August 1716 at St Wilfrid's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland, the fifth of the six children of William Brown (1676–1720), a yeoman farmer and estate steward, and his wife, ...