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William Thomas Beckford (1760–1844) by George Romney, 1781–2 National Trust Photographic Library / John Hammond

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Beckford, William Thomas (1760–1844), writer and art collector, was born on 29 September 1760 at one of his father's houses, in Westminster or Fonthill, Wiltshire, and baptized at Fonthill on 6 January 1761, the only legitimate son of William Beckford (bap. 1709, d. 1770)...

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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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Reitlinger, Gerald Roberts (1900–1978), writer and art collector, was born at 33 Fitzjohn's Avenue, Hampstead, London, on 2 March 1900, the third son of Albert Reitlinger, merchant and banker, and his wife, Emma Brunner. One of his brothers, Henry Scipio, was educated at ...

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Stuart, Charles [called Hindoo Stuart] (1757/8–1828), art collector and author, was born in Galway, Ireland, and was reputedly the son of Thomas Smyth (d. 1785), MP for Limerick (1776–85). Stuart's will indicates that he had siblings, Eliza, John, and Thomas Stuart...

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Taylor, John Edward (1830–1905), newspaper proprietor and art collector, was born on 2 February 1830 at Woodland Terrace, Higher Broughton, a suburb of Manchester, the younger son of John Edward Taylor (1791–1844), founder of the Manchester Guardian, and his first wife, Sophia Russell Scott (...

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John Edward Taylor (1830–1905) by unknown artist, c. 1849 © reserved

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...

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Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868) by John Boaden, exh. RA 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum