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Abbey, Edwin Austin (1852–1911), illustrator and painter, was born at 315 Race Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 1 April 1852, the eldest of the three children of William Maxwell Abbey (1827–1897), a merchant of French and English descent, and Margery Ann Kiple (1825–1880), who was descended from German and Irish immigrants. He was educated in ...

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Abell, William (d. 1474), manuscript artist, is associated by documentary evidence only with the consolidation charter of Eton College of March 1446, for which he was paid £1 6s. 8d. But a number of other works can be attributed to him on stylistic grounds, including the similarly illuminated charter for ...

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Alexis Master (fl. c. 1120–c. 1140), manuscript artist, was active at St Albans Abbey, and probably at Bury St Edmunds Abbey, in the 1120s and 1130s. The name 'Alexis Master', first coined in German by the art historian Adolph Goldschmidt...

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Austen, Winifred Marie Louise (1876–1964), artist and illustrator, was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 12 July 1876, the only daughter of Josiah Austin, a Cornish naval surgeon, and his wife, Fanny, née Mann. She altered the spelling of her surname from Austin to ...

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Barnard, Lambert (d. 1567/8), painter and calligrapher, may have been the son of a Dutch émigré rumoured to have come to England in the latter decades of the fifteenth century (Croft-Murray, 110), but further details of his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was perhaps born in the early 1490s, as his son ...

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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872–1898) by Frederick Henry Evans, 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent (1872–1898), illustrator, was born on 21 August 1872 at 12 Buckingham Road, Brighton, Sussex, the son of Vincent Paul Beardsley (c.1840–1909), and his wife, Ellen Agnus (1846–1932), the daughter of Surgeon-Major William Pitt and his wife, Susan.

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Belsky [née Owen], Margaret Constance (1919–1989), cartoonist and illustrator, was born in Wareham, Dorset, on 20 June 1919. Her father, Albert Edward Owen (c.1880–c.1958), was an Australian engineer of Welsh/Irish ancestry who came to the UK about 1917 after being wounded at ...

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Boyle [née Gordon], Eleanor Vere Crombie (1825–1916), illustrator and author, was born on 1 May 1825 at Auchlunies, Kincardineshire, the youngest of the nine children of Alexander Gordon (1783–1873) of Auchlunies and his wife, Albinia Elizabeth, née Cumberland. Her father was the illegitimate son of ...

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William de Brailes (fl. c. 1230–1260) manuscript illumination The British Library

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Brailes, William de (fl. c. 1230–1260), manuscript artist, whose signature, W. de Brail', appears in two illustrated manuscripts of the mid-thirteenth century, is almost certainly identifiable as the William de Brailes named in five Oxford property deeds of c.1230–1260. Although the documents do not specify ...

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Brooke, (Leonard) Leslie (1862–1940), children's writer and illustrator, was born on 24 September 1862 in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, the second of the three children of Leonard Brooke (1825–1885), manufacturer, and his wife Rhoda (1829/30–1915), daughter of Henry Leslie Prentice of Caledon, co. Tyrone...

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Browne, Hablot Knight [pseud. Phiz] (1815–1882), artist and illustrator, was born in Lower Kennington Lane, London, in June or July 1815 and baptized on 21 December 1815 at St Mary's, Lambeth; he was said to be the ninth son of William Loder Browne (1771–1855)...

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Hablot Knight Browne (1815–1882) by unknown engraver courtesy Charles Dickens Museum

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Buckland [née Morland], Mary (1797–1857), geological artist and curator, was born on 20 November 1797 in St Helen's parish, Abingdon, Berkshire, the eldest daughter of Benjamin Morland (1768–1833), solicitor (and a member of the West Ilsley brewing family), and his wife, Harriet Baster (1777–1799)...

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Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) self-portrait, 1884 Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Caldecott, Randolph (1846–1886), artist and book illustrator, was born at 150 Bridge Street, Chester, on 22 March 1846, the son of John Caldecott, a hatter and tailor who was also a pioneer of modern accounting, and his wife, Mary Dinah Brookes. He was educated at ...

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Carter [née Vavasour], Ellen (bap. 1762, d. 1815), artist and book illustrator, was baptized at St Olave's Church, York, on 16 May 1762. She was the daughter of Walter Vavasour, a country gentleman whose estate was in Weston, Yorkshire, and Ellen, his wife, daughter of ...