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Besson, Anita Claudia (1933–2015), gallery owner, was born on 18 September 1933 in Zürich, the younger daughter of Paul Besson (1909–1980), agricultural engineer, and his wife, Erna, née Bollag (1899–1983), pharmacist, and daughter of Raphael Bollag and his wife, ...

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Bourgeois, Sir (Peter) Francis (1756–1811), landscape painter and founder of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, was given to obfuscation and romance where his origins were concerned; but he was born in London, the son of Issac Bourgeois (b. 1707/8), who was of Swiss descent, and his wife, ...

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Sir (Peter) Francis Bourgeois (1756–1811) by Sir William Beechey, c. 1810 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joanna Marie Drew (1929–2003) by Markéta Luskačová, 1987 © Markéta Luskačová/ National Portrait Gallery, London

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Drew, Joanna Marie (1929–2003), gallery director, was born in Naini Tal, India, on 28 September 1929, the only daughter of (Francis) Greville Drew (1892–1962), army officer, and his wife, Sannie Frances, née Sands (1903–1969), painter, daughter of Charles Sands, policeman in India. She had an older brother, ...

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Greenwood, Nigel Palin (1941–2004), gallery owner, was born on 28 May 1941 at Quay Cottage, Noss Mayo, near Plymouth, Devon, the second child and only son of Hilary Greenwood (1907–1979), naval officer, and his wife, Katharine Mary, née Palin (1909–1976). He had two sisters, ...

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Holland, Joan Mary Crossley- [née Joan Mary Cowper] (1912–2005), potter and gallery owner, was born on 3 April 1912 at Peatling Magna, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, the daughter of Claude Marriott Lovell Cowper, medical doctor, and his wife, Mary Bourne, née Collard, a nurse who was also a gifted amateur artist. Unusually she was educated at a ...

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Anneliese Emily Juda (1914–2006) by unknown photographer courtesy of Annely Juda Fine Art, London

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Juda [née Brauer], Anneliese Emily [Annely] (1914–2006), art dealer and gallery owner, was born on 23 September 1914 in Kassel, Germany, the eldest of the two daughters of Kurt Brauer (d. 1951) and his wife, Margarete, née Goldmann. Her father was an industrial chemist who moved with his wife from ...

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Knight, Vivien Margaret (1953–2009), art historian and gallery director, was born at Solihull Hospital, Solihull, Birmingham, on 9 November 1953, the only daughter and elder child of Donald Frank Knight and his wife, Valerie, née Hanson. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Lever, William Hesketh, first Viscount Leverhulme (1851–1925), soap manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 19 September 1851, at 16 Wood Street, Bolton, seventh child and elder son of James Lever (1809–1897), wholesale and retail grocer, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of William Hesketh...

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Reid, Sir Norman Robert (1915–2007), painter and gallery director, was born on 27 December 1915 at 244 Upland Road, Dulwich, London, the only son and second of three children of Edward Daniel Reid (1887–1956) and his wife, Blanche, née Drouet (1888–1961). His sisters were ...

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Robert Baldwin Ross (1869–1918) by Sir William Rothenstein © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ross, Robert Baldwin (1869–1918), journalist and gallery owner, was born in Tours, France, on 25 May 1869, the youngest of seven children of John Ross (1818–1871), attorney-general of Upper Canada, and his second wife, Augusta Elizabeth (c.1832–1905), the daughter of Robert Baldwin (1804–1858)...

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Rothschild, Henry William (1913–2009), gallery owner and promoter of crafts and design, was born Heinrich Wilhelm Jacques Rothschild on 21 November 1913 at Offenbach am Main, Germany, the fourth and youngest child of Albert Aaron Rothschild (1872–1938), businessman, and his wife, Elisabeth Sophie (Lisbeth), ...

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Silver, Jonathan (1949–1997), businessman and gallery owner, was born on 21 October 1949 at St Luke's Hospital, Horton Lane, Bradford, Yorkshire, one of the two sons of Sydney Samuel Silver (b. 1917), retail draper, and his wife, Irene Betty, née Morris, whose mother ran a boarding-house for Jewish refugees. Educated at ...