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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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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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William Butterfield (1814–1900) by Jane Fortescue Coleridge, 1874 by permission of the Warden and Fellows of Keble College, Oxford

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Butterfield, William (1814–1900), architect and designer, was born on 7 September 1814 in London, the second child and eldest son of William Butterfield (1783–1866), chemist and wharfinger, and his wife, Ann (1793–1867), the daughter of Robert Steven, a leather factor of the City of London...

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Chippendale, Thomas (bap. 1718, d. 1779), cabinet-maker and designer, was baptized on 5 June 1718 in the parish church of Otley, a small market town in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, the only child of John Chippindale (bap. 1690, d. 1768), joiner, and his first wife, ...

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Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes (1901–1983) self-portrait, 1949 © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hermes, Gertrude Anna Bertha (1901–1983), printmaker, sculptor, and designer, was born on 18 August 1901 at Altena, Bickley, Kent, the second of five children of German-born parents, Louis August Hermes (1866–1949) and his wife, Helene, née Gerdes (1872–1949), of Altena, near Dortmund. Her father, who had lived in ...

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Hoban, James (1762–1831), architect and designer, was born in Callan, co. Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of Edward Hoban and his wife, Martha née Bayne. Details of his early life are not known, but he studied drawing under Thomas Ivory in one of the schools of the ...

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Image, Selwyn (1849–1930), designer, was born at Bodiam, Sussex, on 17 February 1849, the second son of the Revd John Image (1802/3–1878), vicar of Bodiam, and his first wife, Mary Maxwell, née Hinds (1807/8–1857). The family had emigrated from France on the revocation of the edict of Nantes in 1685. ...

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James [née Calkin], Margaret Bernard (1895–1985), designer, calligrapher, and painter, was born on 23 February 1895 at 22 Holmdale Road, West Hampstead, London, the third of seven children of Harry Bernard Calkin (1861–1926), who married Margaret Agnes Palfrey (1870–1936) in 1890. He was in insurance and became a ...

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Jessie Marion King (1875–1949) by James Craig Annan Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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King [married name Taylor], Jessie Marion (1875–1949), illustrator and designer, was born on 20 March 1875 at the manse, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, the third daughter of the Revd James Waters King (1836–1898), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (1846–1896)...

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William Morris (1834–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...

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Russell, Sir (Sydney) Gordon (1892–1980), designer and craftsman, was born on 20 May 1892 in Elm Grove, Cricklewood, the eldest of three sons of Sydney Bolton Russell (1866–1938), a bank clerk who became a renowned hotel keeper, and his wife, Elizabeth Shefford (1864–1956)...

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Sir (Sydney) Gordon Russell (1892–1980) by Carel Weight, c. 1967 © Gordon Russell Trust; collection National Portrait Gallery, London