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Allston, Washington (1779–1843), painter and poet, was born on 5 November 1779 at Brook Green domain, All Saints' parish, in the district of Georgetown, South Carolina, the second of the two children of William Allston junior (d. 1781), a captain in General Francis Marion's...

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Brockedon, William (1787–1854), painter, writer, and inventor, was born on 13 October 1787 in Totnes, Devon, and baptized there on 12 November, the only child of Philip Brockedon (d. 1802), watchmaker, and his wife, Mary (d. 1837). Brockedon was educated at a private school in ...

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Brontë, (Patrick) Branwell (1817–1848), writer and painter, was born on 26 June 1817 at Thornton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the fourth of six children of the Revd Patrick Brontë (1777–1861), Church of England clergyman, and Maria Branwell (1783–1821), daughter of Thomas and Anne Branwell...

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(Patrick) Branwell Brontë (1817–1848) self-portrait, c. 1840 courtesy of the Brontë Society

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Brown, Christy (1932–1981), writer and painter, was born on 5 June 1932 at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, the son of Patrick Brown (d. 1955), a Catholic bricklayer active in the trade union, and his wife, Bridget Fagan (d. 1968). There were seventeen children in all, thirteen of whom survived into adulthood; ...

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Christy Brown (1932–1981) by unknown photographer Rex Features

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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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Colquhoun, (Margaret) Ithell (1906–1988), painter and poet, was born on 9 October 1906 at Shillong, Assam, India, the daughter of Henry Archibald Colebrooke Colquhoun (1870–1942), assistant to the political agent in Manipur, and Georgia Frances Ithell Manley (b. 1873). She was educated at ...

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Dubsky, Mario Peter (1939–1985), painter and poet, was conceived in Vienna and born in London on 14 May 1939. He was one of two sons, non-identical twins, whose parents were refugees from Austria. His parents, who later had a daughter, were Christians of Jewish origin who spoke German at home when he was young; they made belts and decorative flowers from leather. He failed the 11-plus examination twice, and was educated at a progressive school, ...

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Ford, Michael (d. 1765), painter and printseller, was a native of Dublin and a pupil of the mezzotint engraver and printseller John Brooks. Ford, who styled himself ‘painter’, commissioned a handful of prints in the mid-1740s from Andrew Miller and published them from an address in ...

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Garnett [née Bell], Angelica Vanessa (1918–2012), painter and writer, was born at Charleston, a then secluded farmhouse in the Sussex downs, on Christmas day 1918. From that moment a deception began which was to colour the rest of her life. Her mother, the painter ...

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Angelica Vanessa Garnett (1918–2012) by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith, c.1957 © the Estate of Sir Matthew Bracy Smith

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William Hazlitt (1778–1830) self-portrait, c. 1802 Maidstone Museums and Art Galleries / Bridgeman Art Library

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Hazlitt, William (1778–1830), writer and painter, was born on 10 April 1778 at Mitre Close, Maidstone, Kent, the fourth of the seven children of the Revd William Hazlitt (1737–1820), Unitarian minister, and his wife, Grace (1746–1837), née Loftus, daughter of an ironmonger of ...

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Heere, Lucas de (1534–1584), painter and poet, was born in Ghent, the second son of Jan de Heere, a sculptor, and Anna Smijters, a miniaturist. Having presumably received some training at home, he was apprenticed to Frans Floris. The painter and biographer Karel van Mander...

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Henri, Adrian Maurice (1932–2000), poet and painter, was born on 10 April 1932 in the maternity hospital at Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, the eldest child of Arthur Maurice Henri (1898–1970), a dancing instructor and war department clerk, and Emma Johnson (d. 1970). His paternal grandfather, ...

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Jones, (Walter) David Michael [pseud. Dai Greatcoat] (1895–1974), painter and poet, was born on 1 November 1895 in Brockley, Kent, the younger son and youngest of three children of James Jones, printer, from Holywell, Flintshire, and his wife, Alice Ann, former governess, daughter of ...

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Keate, George (1729–1797), writer and painter, the son and heir of George Keate of Isleworth, Middlesex, and his wife, Rachel, daughter of Count Christian Kawolski, was born in Isleworth, on 30 November 1729. Having been educated at Kingston free grammar school, he was articled as a clerk to ...

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Ketel, Cornelis Govertszoon (1548–1616), painter and poet, was born in Gouda in the Netherlands on 18 March 1548. He was the illegitimate son of Elysabeth Jacobsdochter Ketel (d. 1582) and Govert Janszoon van Proyen (d. 1574), who was related to the ...