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Asquith, Anthony (1902–1968), film director and aesthete, was born on 9 November 1902 in London, the youngest son of Herbert Henry Asquith, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852–1928), the Liberal statesman and future prime minister, and his second wife, Margaret Emma Alice (Margot) Asquith (1864–1945)...

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Anthony Asquith (1902–1968) by Howard Coster, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Andrew Caldwell (1733–1808) by Robert Woodburn, 1793 by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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William George Spencer Cavendish, sixth duke of Devonshire (1790–1858) by Sir Edwin Landseer, exh. RA 1832 Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Cavendish, William George Spencer, sixth duke of Devonshire (1790–1858), whig grandee and connoisseur of the arts, only son and youngest of three children of William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire (1748–1811), and Georgiana Cavendish (1757–1806), elder daughter of John Spencer, first Earl Spencer...

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Chute, John (1701–1776), architect and connoisseur of the arts and literature, was born on 30 December 1701, the youngest in the family of five sons and five daughters of Edward Chute (1658–1722) of The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of the lawyer ...

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Albert Denison, first Baron Londesborough (1805–1860) by Sir Francis Grant, 1851 unknown collection; photograph Sotheby's Picture Library, London / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Denison [formerly Conyngham], Albert, first Baron Londesborough (1805–1860), connoisseur of the arts and politician, was born Albert Conyngham at 8 Stanhope Street, Piccadilly, London, on 21 October 1805, the third son of Henry Conyngham, first Marquess Conyngham (1766–1832), and his wife, Elizabeth Conyngham (1769–1861)...

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Fermor, William, Baron Leominster (1648–1711), art connoisseur, was born on 3 August 1648 at Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, the second son of Sir William Fermor, first baronet (1621–1661), and Mary (d. 1670), daughter of Hugh Perry, sometime sheriff of London, and widow of ...

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Finch, Robert (1783–1830), antiquary and connoisseur of the arts, was born in London on 27 November 1783, the son of Thomas Finch (d. 1810), barrister of the Inner Temple and fellow of the Royal Society, and his wife, Mary (d. 1827)...

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Ford, Richard (1796–1858), art connoisseur and author, was born at 129 Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, on 21 April 1796. He was the eldest of the three legitimate children of Sir Richard Ford (1758–1806), police magistrate, and Marianne (1767–1849), a talented artist, the daughter of ...

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Daphne Foskett (1911–1998) by Heather O. Catchpole, 1990 in a private collection on loan to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Foskett [née Kirk], Daphne (1911–1998), art connoisseur and writer, was born on 23 December 1911 at Shoddesden, Kimpton, Hampshire, the daughter of John William Carnegie Kirk, a captain in the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry, and his wife, Agnes Maud Haynes. Her paternal grandfather was ...

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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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Hope, Thomas (1769–1831), art collector and connoisseur, was born in Amsterdam on 30 August 1769, the eldest of the three sons of John Hope (1737–1784) [see under Hope family (per. c. 1700-1813)] and his wife, Philippina Barbara van der Hoeven (...

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Koizumi, Gunji (1885–1965), judo master and oriental art expert, was born into a Buddhist family on 8 July 1885 in Komatsuka Oaza, Takadamura (later Edosakimachi), Inashiki Gun, Ibaraki province, Japan, a village about 20 miles north of Tokyo. He was the second son of ...

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Leader, John Temple (1810–1903), politician and connoisseur of the arts, born at his father's country house, Putney Hill Villa, sometimes called Lower House, on 7 May 1810, was the younger son (in a family of two sons and four daughters) of William Leader (1767–1828)...