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John Baskerville (1706–1775) by James Millar, 1774 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

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Baskerville, John (1706–1775), printer and typefounder, was born at Sion Hill, Wolverley, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire, the son of John Baskervile (d. 1738) and his wife, Sara or Sarah; he was baptized at Wolverley on 28 January 1707. It is likely that the family were landowners and farmers in a small way. In later life ...

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Combe, Thomas (1796–1872), printer and patron of the arts, was born on 21 July 1796 in Leicester, the second of six children of Thomas Combe, the town's leading bookseller, and his wife, Theodosia (née Dalby). He had an older sister, three younger sisters, and a younger brother. He was educated at ...

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Thomas Combe (1796–1872) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1850 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Evans, Edmund (1826–1905), wood-engraver and printer, was born in Southwark, London, on 23 February 1826, the son of Henry Evans and his wife, Mary, and baptized on 9 April 1826 at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey. Following a brief education at a school in ...

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Gavron, Robert [Bob], Baron Gavron (1930–2015), printer, publisher, and philanthropist, was born on 13 September 1930 at the Grosvenor Nursing Home, Fordwych Road, Hampstead, London, the elder son of Nathan, otherwise Nathaniel, Gavron (1903–1970), patent lawyer, and his wife, ...

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Ged, William (1684/5–1749), goldsmith and stereotype founder, was probably born in Dunfermline, son of William Ged, said to have been a member of the family of Ged of Baldridge in Fife. He was apprenticed to Robert Inglis, goldsmith, in Edinburgh in 1696, and his own mark was entered with the ...

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Gemini [Geminus, Lambrit], Thomas (fl. 1540–1562), engraver, printer, and instrument maker, was the publisher of a compendium of anatomy entitled Compendiosa totius anatomie delineatio (1545), whose own copper-engravings were copied from the De humani corporis fabrica libri septem and De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome...

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Owen Jones (1809–1874) by Henry Wyndham Phillips, 1856 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Jones, Owen (1809–1874), architect, printer, and designer, was born on 15 February 1809 at 148 Thames Street, London, the second of the three children of Owen Jones (1741–1814) and his wife, Hannah Jane (1772/3–1838). His father was a furrier and a distinguished Welsh antiquary. ...

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Leighton, Charles Blair (1823–1855), artist and printer, was born on 6 March 1823, the son of Stephen Leighton and Helen Blair. From the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a silver-engraver but after serving his seven-year training he opted for a change of career. He had always devoted his spare time to drawing and was evidently gifted as he was accepted as a student at the ...

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Lettou, John (fl. 1475–1483), bookbinder and printer, may have come from the eastern Baltic, since his name, Lettou, was the Middle English form for Lithuania. But by this date such a name no longer guaranteed a person's immediate origins. Seventeen books printed between 1475 and 1480 are attributed to the workshop of the 'Indulgence Binder' now identified as ...

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McLean, (John David) Ruari McDowall Hardie (1917–2006), typographer and author, was born on 10 June 1917 at Herouncroft, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbrightshire, the only child of John Thomson McLean, a customs and excise officer, whose own father had been a shoemaker from Stranraer...

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Pissarro, Lucien Camille (1863–1944), artist and printer, was born in Paris on 20 February 1863, the eldest of the eight children of the impressionist painter (Jacob Abraham) Camille Pissarro (1830–1903) and Julie Vellay (1838–1926). His father, though born in the Virgin Islands, was a Jew of Franco-Portuguese stock; his mother, who married ...

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Lucien Camille Pissarro (1863–1944) by Camille Pissarro, 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reynolds, Alfred (1818–1891), wood-engraver and colour printer, was born on 1 April 1818 at Donnington, near Chichester, Sussex, the youngest of seven children of George Reynolds (1766–1851), naval officer, and his wife, Mary Ann (1783–1833), daughter of Richard Prior, yeoman, of Donnington, and his wife, ...

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Thomas James Cobden- Sanderson (1840–1922) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1916 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London / private collection

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Sanderson, Thomas James Cobden- (1840–1922), bookbinder and printer, was born Thomas James Sanderson on 2 December 1840 at Alnwick, Northumberland, the only son of James Sanderson (c.1813–1895), a district surveyor of taxes, and his wife, Mary Ann Rutherford How (1800–1891). James Sanderson's...