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Davison, George (1855–1930), photographer, political activist, and patron of the arts, was born in Kirkley, Suffolk, on 19 September 1855, the fourth child of William Davison (1816–1889), a shipwright and carpenter originally from Sunderland. His mother, Eliza, née Miller (1825–c.1900), supplemented the family income by taking in boarders, and his sisters ...

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Ellis, George James Welbore Agar-, first Baron Dover (1797–1833), politician and patron of art, was the only son of Henry Welbore Agar-Ellis, second Viscount Clifden, and his wife, Lady Caroline Spencer, eldest daughter of George Spencer, fourth duke of Marlborough. He was born in ...

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Hope, Henry Thomas (1808–1862), patron of the arts and politician, was born in London, probably in Duchess Street, on 30 April 1808, eldest of the three sons of Thomas Hope (1769–1831), of the Amsterdam banking family, and his wife, Louisa (d. 1851)...

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Lee, Arthur Hamilton, Viscount Lee of Fareham (1868–1947), politician and patron of the arts, was born on 8 November 1868 at the rectory, Bridport, Dorset, the youngest of the two sons and three daughters of the rector, the Revd Melville Lauriston Lee (1821–1870)...

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Marsh, Sir Edward Howard (1872–1953), civil servant and patron of the arts, was born in London on 18 November 1872, the second child and only son of Frederick Howard Marsh (1839–1915), and his first wife, Jane, daughter of Spencer Perceval, Irvingite angel to ...

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Massey, (Charles) Vincent (1887–1967), diplomatist and patron of the arts, was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 20 February 1887, the eldest son of Chester Daniel Massey (1850–1926) and his wife, Anna Dobbins Vincent (1859–1903). Raymond Massey, the film actor and director, was his younger brother. The family house, ...

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Smyth, Sir Robert, fifth baronet (1744–1802), patron of the arts and radical, was born on 10 January 1744 at Berechurch Hall, Essex, the son of the Revd Robert Smyth, vicar of Woolavington, Sussex, and his wife, Dorothy Lloyd. He was educated at Westminster School...

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Walpole, Horatio [Horace], fourth earl of Orford (1717–1797), author, politician, and patron of the arts, was born on 24 September 1717 at his father's house in Arlington Street, Piccadilly, Westminster. The father was Robert Walpole, first earl of Orford (1676–1745), already a leading whig politician and on his way to becoming ...

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Horatio Walpole, fourth earl of Orford (1717–1797) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, c. 1756–7 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wynn, Sir Watkin Williams, fourth baronet (1749–1789), patron of the arts and politician, was born on 8 April 1749, the elder son of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, third baronet (1693?–1749), of Wynnstay, Denbighshire, and his second wife, Frances (1717/18–1803), daughter of a Cheshire...

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Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, fourth baronet (1749–1789) by Pompeo Batoni, 1768–72 [left, with, left to right, Thomas Apperley and Captain Edward Hamilton] Amgueddfa ac Orielau Cenedlaethol Cymru / National Museums & Galleries of Wales