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Costello, Dudley (1803–1865), journalist and illustrator, was born in Sussex. His father, James Francis Costello, who became a captain in the 14th regiment on 25 May 1803, was born in the barony of Costello, co. Mayo; he died in April 1814, leaving his wife, ...

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Dearmer [née White], (Jessie) Mabel Prichard (1872–1915), illustrator, writer, and nursing orderly, was born at Bryn Eglwys, Llanbeblig, Caernarfon, on 22 March 1872, the daughter of William White (1816/17–1875), surgeon-major in the Indian army, and Selina Taylor Prichard (1842–1926), daughter of William Taylor Prichard...

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Du Maurier, George Louis Palmella Busson (1834–1896), illustrator, cartoonist, and novelist, was born on 6 March 1834 at 80 Champs Elysées, Paris, and baptized in May 1835 at Rotherfield, Sussex, the eldest of the three children of Louis-Mathurin Busson Du Maurier (1797–1856) and his wife, ...

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George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834–1896) self-portrait, c. 1856 private collection

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Hargrave, John Gordon (1894–1982), writer and illustrator, was born on 6 June 1894 at Midhurst, Sussex, the son of Gordon Hargrave, landscape painter, and his wife, Babette, née Bing. He attended Hawkshead grammar school in Lancashire for a short time and when he was fifteen illustrated ...

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Harling, (Henry) Robert (1910–2008), typographic designer, novelist, and magazine editor, was born on 27 March 1910 at 27 Thorpedale Road, Islington, London, the elder son of Henry Robert Harling (1876–1954), taxi driver and former regular soldier, and his wife, Adelaide Lavinia, née Thomas (1876–1949)...

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Harris, John (1791–1873), artist and facsimilist, was born on 17 November 1791 in Kennington, London, the son of the watercolour painter John Harris (1767–1832), with whom he has often been confused. His grandfather was the entomologist and illustrator Moses Harris.

Harris occasionally exhibited at the ...

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Haweis [née Joy], Mary Eliza (1848–1898), writer and illustrator, was born on 21 February 1848 in London, the elder daughter of Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812–1866), genre and portrait painter, and Eliza Rohde Joy, née Spratt. Mary Eliza herself had considerable artistic talent: at eighteen she exhibited at the ...

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Jane, (John) Frederick Thomas (1865–1916), author, journalist, and illustrator, was born in Richmond, Surrey, on 6 August 1865, the eldest of four sons and three daughters of the Revd John Jane, later vicar of Upottery, Devon, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of the ...

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Landells, Ebenezer (1808–1860), wood-engraver, illustrator, and magazine proprietor, was born at Newcastle upon Tyne on 13 April 1808 and was baptized there on 15 May, the third son of Ebenezer Landells, a merchant, and his wife, Jane Graham. His paternal grandfather ran a wholesale drapery business and his maternal grandfather was the ...

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Macpherson [née Bate], Gerardine [Geddie] (1830/31–1878), biographer and book illustrator, was born probably in London, the elder child of Henry Bate, a Leicester artist, and his wife, Louisa, née Murphy, the sister of Anna Brownell Jameson (1794–1860), a well-known writer on art and literature. After ...

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Martyn, Thomas (fl. 1779–1811), natural history illustrator and pamphleteer, was said to be a native of Coventry, Warwickshire (Nichols, 8.432). Martyn developed a talent for coloured depictions of insects and shells. He purchased shells brought back from Cook's third voyage, although, as he wrote to ...

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Peacham, Henry (b. 1578, d. in or after 1644), writer and illustrator, was born in the parish of North Mimms, Hertfordshire, the second son of Henry Peacham (1547–1634) and his wife, Anne (née Fairclough).

At the time of his son's birth, the elder ...

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Plymley, Katherine (bap. 1758, d. 1829), diarist, naturalist, and painter, was baptized at Longnor, Shropshire, on 31 January 1758, the eldest child of Joseph Plymley (1716–1802), apothecary, of the Bank House, Longnor, Shropshire, and Diana, née Flint (1725–1779), a member of the Shropshire...

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Ray, Sukumar (1887–1923), writer, illustrator, and song composer, was born in Calcutta on 30 October 1887, the son of Upendrakishore Ray, otherwise Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury (1863–1915), a well-known Bengali writer, illustrator, song composer, publisher, and printer, and his wife, Bidhumukhi Devi. His father was a prominent figure in the western-influenced Hindu reform movement known as Brahmoism, which flourished in ...

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William George Rushton (1937–1996) by Tim Cuff Apex Photo Agency Ltd

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Rushton, William George [Willie] (1937–1996), cartoonist, comedian, and author, was born on 18 August 1937 at 3 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, the only child of John Atherton Rushton (d. 1958), a publisher, and his Welsh wife, Veronica Hannah Gilbert James. Willie Rushton was educated at ...

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Wirgman, Charles (1832–1891), journalist and illustrator, was born on 31 August 1832 in London (where he was baptized at St Pancras), the eldest son in the family of eight sons and three daughters of Ferdinand Charles Wirgman (1806–1858) and his wife, Frances Letitia, ...