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Bilson, John (1856–1943), architect and architectural historian, was born on 23 September 1856 at Crown Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of John Bilson (1828/9–1892), maltings clerk, and his wife, Eliza Ann, née Mayston (1827–1910). He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and was placed fifth nationally in the honours division for matriculation for the ...

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Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter (1901–1987), teacher of art and writer, was born on 19 July 1901 at the vicarage, Ham (near Richmond, Surrey), the eldest of the three sons of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet Master (1880–1969)...

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Burchett, Richard (1815–1875), painter and art teacher, was born on 30 January 1815 in Brighton, Sussex. He was educated at the London Mechanics' Institution before entering the Government School of Design in Somerset House, set up in 1837 to train designers for industry. In 1845 he led a group of students who complained to the ...

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Callow, John (1822–1878), marine painter and drawing-master, was born on 19 July 1822 in St Pancras, London, son of Robert Callow (b. 1786), a London carpenter, and his wife, Elizabeth, both of whom died in 1848. His childhood ambition was to be a sailor but in 1835 his elder brother ...

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Francis Stephen Cary (1808–1880) by James Hayllar, 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cary, Francis Stephen (1808–1880), painter and art teacher, was born at Kingsbury, Warwickshire, on 10 May 1808, the son of the Revd Henry Francis Cary (1772–1844), translator of Dante, and his wife, Jane (1777–1832), daughter of James Ormsby of Sandymount, near Dublin. In 1810 he moved with his family to ...

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Reginald George Vicat Cole (1870–1940) by John Byam Shaw, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cole, Reginald George Vicat [Rex] (1870–1940), landscape painter and art teacher, was born on 22 February 1870 in Kensington, London, the only son and youngest of the four children of George Vicat Cole (1833–1893) and Mary Ann Chignell (d. 1915), daughter of a ...

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Drury, (Alfred) Paul Dalou (1903–1987), artist and teacher of art, was born on 14 October 1903 at Crescent Lodge, 2 Tressillian Crescent, Brockley, in south-east London, the elder of the two sons of (Edward) Alfred Briscoe Drury RA (1856–1944), sculptor and painter, and ...

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See Evans, William [known as William Evans of Eton]

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See Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave

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Graham, John (1754–1817), painter and teacher of art, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to a coach-painter in Edinburgh, George MacFarquhar (fl. 1763–1799), and later pursued that trade in London. He then undertook study at the Royal Academy Schools and he exhibited at the academy fairly regularly between 1780 and 1797. His paintings included ...

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Green, Benjamin (bap. 1739, d. 1798), drawing master and engraver, was the ninth and youngest child of William Green (1696–1754) and his wife, Sarah (1696/7–1788); he was baptized at Halesowen parish church, Shropshire, on 5 April 1739. His career as an artist was probably founded on a family connection with ...

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William Harbutt (1844–1921) by unknown photographer [with his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie) Cambridge, and their family] courtesy of the Harbutt Family

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Harbutt, William (1844–1921), inventor of Plasticine and art teacher, was born on 13 February 1844 in North Shields, Northumberland, the seventh of the eight children of Thomas Harbutt (b. 1803), a galvanizer, and his wife, Elizabeth Whitehouse Jefcoate (b. 1804). Details of his early education are unknown, but later he studied at the ...

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Johnstone, William (1897–1981), painter and art educationist, was born on 8 June 1897 at his parents' house above their butcher's shop in Main Street, Denholm, Roxburghshire, the only son and youngest of the three children of William Johnstone (1855–1938), farmer and butcher, and his wife, ...

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Kipling, John Lockwood (1837–1911), artist and art school administrator, was born at Kirbymoorside, Pickering, Yorkshire, on 6 July 1837, the eldest child of the Revd Joseph Kipling (1805–1862), a Methodist minister, and his wife, Frances, née Lockwood, the daughter of a Cleveland builder and architect. He was educated at ...

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Lantéri, Edward [Édouard] (1848–1917), sculptor and teacher of sculpture, was born at Auxerre, France, on 1 November 1848, the son of a tradesman. Although he showed precocious talent as a violinist, in his mid-teens he accepted an offer from the academic sculptor Aimé Millet...

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William Leighton Leitch (1804–1883) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson © Scottish National Photography Collection, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Leitch, William Leighton (1804–1883), landscape painter and drawing-master, was born in Glasgow on 2 November 1804, the son of Richard Leitch, who had been in the navy and army and retired in 1815, and Elisabeth Hardie. Educated in Glasgow, Leitch worked in a lawyer's office and a weaver's shop, and then as a house painter, but spent his evenings drawing with ...