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George Charles Beresford (1864–1938) by Sir William Orpen, 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beresford, George Charles (1864–1938), photographer and memoirist, was born at 15 Lypiatt Terrace, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 10 July 1864, the third son of Major Henry Marcus Beresford (1835–1895) of the 9th foot and his wife, Julia Ellen (d. 1923), daughter of the ...

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Julia Mary Cartwright (1851–1924) by James Russell & Sons, pubd 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cartwright [married name Ady], Julia Mary (1851–1924), art historian and biographer, was born at the family home, Edgcote House, Edgcote, Northamptonshire, on 7 November 1851, one of the ten children of Richard Aubrey Cartwright and his wife, Mary Fremantle (d. 1885)...

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Dayus [née Greenhill; other married name Flood], Kate [pseud. Kathleen Dayus] (1903–2003), jewellery enameller and autobiographer, was born on the edge of Birmingham's jewellery quarter, at 20 Court 4 House, Camden Street, Hockley, on 1 February 1903, the fifth child of seven who survived infancy, to ...

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Farington, Joseph (1747–1821), landscape painter and diarist, was born at Leigh vicarage, Lancashire, on 21 November 1747, the second of the seven sons of William Farington (1704–1767), rector of Warrington and vicar of Leigh, and his wife, Esther Gilbody (1716–1794) of Manchester. His elder brother ...

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Fowles, John Robert (1926–2005), author and museum curator, was born on 31 March 1926 at Waygate, 37 Fillebrook Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the only son and elder child of Robert John Fowles and his wife, Gladys May, née Richards. While his father commuted into ...

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John Robert Fowles (1926–2005) by Tomas Watson, 2001 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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James Granger (bap. 1723, d. 1776) by John Cornish, 1765 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Granger, James (bap. 1723, d. 1776), print collector and biographer, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptized there at St James's on 31 March 1723, the son of William Granger and Elizabeth Tutt, who had married in 1717. Nothing is known of Granger's...

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Hamerton [formerly Hammerton], Philip Gilbert (1834–1894), artist and essayist, was born on 10 September 1834 at Laneside, near Shaw, near Oldham in Lancashire; he changed the spelling of his name in 1854. His father, John Hammerton, a solicitor, married Anne, orphan daughter of ...

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Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846) by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786–1846), history painter and diarist, born in Wimpole Street, Plymouth, Devon, on 26 January 1786, was the son of a printer, publisher, and bookseller, Benjamin Robert Haydon (1758–1813), who came from an old Devon family. His mother, Sarah Cobley (...

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Kitaj, Ronald Brooks [Ron] (1932–2007), painter and essayist, was born Ronald Brooks Benway on 29 October 1932, in Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Sigmund Benway and his wife, Jeanne, née Brooks (d. 1995), a steel mill worker and teacher. His father was born in ...

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Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932–2007) self-portrait, 1993–4 © estate of R. B. Kitaj / National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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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Rossetti, (Emma) Lucy Madox Brown (1843–1894), painter and biographer, was born on 19 July 1843 in Paris, only daughter of Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893), the painter, and his first wife and cousin, Elisabeth Bromley (1818/19–1846). After her mother died of tuberculosis in June 1846, her father brought ...