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Costa [née Mendes], Catherine [Rachel] da (1679–1756), miniature painter, was born in London in 1679, the eldest daughter of Dr Fernando (Moses) Mendes (1647–1724) and his wife, Isabel (Rachel) Henriques (d. 1691), daughter of Diego Rodrigues Marques. Mendes's parents were born in ...

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Gluck, Hannah [real name Hannah Gluckstein; known as Gluck] (1895–1978), portrait painter, was born on 13 August 1895 in Canfield Gardens, West Hampstead, London, the elder child of Joseph Gluckstein (1854–1930) and his American wife, Francesca Hallé (1875–1958). She pronounced her chosen name with a short vowel sound (to rhyme with ‘duck’). On the backs of photographic prints of her paintings, sent out for publicity, she always wrote 'please return in good condition to ...

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Goodman [née Salaman], Julia (1812–1906), portrait painter, was born on 9 November 1812 in London, the eldest daughter of the fourteen children of Simeon Kensington Salaman, a member of a Jewish family of German and Dutch origin and warden of the Western Synagogue...

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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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Solomons [married name Starkey], Estella Frances (1882–1968), landscape and portrait painter, was born on 2 April 1882 at 32 Waterloo Road, Dublin, the elder daughter of Maurice E. Solomons, optician, and his wife, Rosa Jane Jacobs. As a girl she attended the ...