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Davis, Sir Edmund Gabriel (1861–1939), mining financier and art collector, was born on 3 August 1861 at Tintern, Gardiner's Creek Road, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia, the second of the four children of Samuel Davis, merchant, and his wife, Josephine, daughter of Jacob Bensusan. He had two brothers and one sister. At the age of eight ...

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Estorick, Eric Elihu (1913–1993), art collector and dealer, was born Elihu Estorick on 13 February 1913 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Morris Estorick (d. c.1979), paint manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah, née Cutler (d. c.1969). His parents were Jewish, and had emigrated from ...

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Falcke, Isaac (1819–1909), art collector and benefactor, was born in Great Yarmouth, one of some twenty children of Jacob Falcke. His father moved to London soon after Isaac's birth and started a business as an art dealer in Oxford Street; in due course he was joined by his sons ...

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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector, was born Abraham Bernstein at 6 St Mark's Terrace, Dalston, London, on 16 May 1913, the eighth child of Lazarus Bernstein and his wife, Bela (Betsy), née Feldman, Polish Jewish immigrants who had settled in ...

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Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913–2001) by unknown photographer Gilbert Collection, Somerset House

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Harari, Ralph Andrew (1893–1969), merchant banker and art scholar and collector, was born on 28 October 1893 in Cairo, the third child and elder son of Sir Victor Harari Pasha, civil servant, financier, and leading member of Egypt's Anglo-Jewish community, and his wife, ...

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Kalman, Andras (1919–2007), art dealer, was born into a Jewish family in the small town of Mátészalka in north-eastern Hungary on 24 May 1919, the youngest of three sons of Ernest Kalman and his wife, Maria, née Laufer. His father was a prosperous pharmacist, and for a time the children had an English governess. His mother taught him to play tennis, and was encouraging when he proved highly gifted at the game; she, prophetically enough, told him it could prove an extremely useful skill in the future. He later collected nineteenth-century British naïve paintings: one picture—depicting maids on a balcony, ogling newcomers to a market town—reminded him of the often charmingly parochial atmosphere of the ...

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Rothschild, Ferdinand James Anselm de, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1839–1898), art collector and politician, was born in Paris on 17 December 1839, the fifth of seven surviving children of Baron Anselm Salomon de Rothschild (1803–1874), banker, and his wife, ...

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Ferdinand James Anselm de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1839–1898) by Cyril Flower, Baron Battersea © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel, Walter Horace, second Viscount Bearsted (1882–1948), art collector and philanthropist, was born on 13 March 1882 in London, the eldest child and only surviving son of Marcus Samuel, first Viscount Bearsted (1853–1927), and his wife, Fanny Elizabeth Benjamin (1857–1927). Educated at Eton College...

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Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave David, third baronet (1888–1939), politician and art collector, was born in Paris on 4 December 1888, the only son of Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, second baronet (1856–1912), and his wife, Aline Caroline (d. 1909), daughter of Baron Gustave de Rothschild...