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Thomas Seccombe

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Anderson, William (1842–1900), anatomist and writer on art, was born on 18 December 1842 in London at the Eldon Arms, Queen Square, the son of William Henry Anderson, licensed victualler, and his wife, Ann, formerly Cattel. After attending the City of London School...

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Gilpin, William (1724–1804), writer on art and headmaster, was born on 4 June 1724 at Scaleby Castle, near Carlisle, Cumberland, and baptized on 7 June, the son of Captain John Bernard Gilpin (1701–1776) and Matilda Langstaffe (1703–1773). His father was considered one of the best amateur painters of the time and included among his pupils ...

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William Gilpin (1724–1804) by Henry Walton, 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Junius [Du Jon], Franciscus [Francis] (1591–1677), philologist and writer on art, was born at Heidelberg, Germany, on 29 January 1591, the youngest of the five children of Franciscus Junius (or Du Jon; 1545–1602), a French nobleman and protestant theologian, and his third wife, ...

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Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880) by Camille Silvy, 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lindsay, Alexander William Crawford, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880), book collector and writer on art, was born at Muncaster Castle, Cumberland, on 16 October 1812. He was the eldest son of James Lindsay, twenty-fourth earl of Crawford and seventh earl of Balcarres...

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Townsend, Peter (1919–2006), Sinologist and art magazine editor, was born on 24 August 1919 at 21 Cyril Mansions, East Battersea, London, the third son and fourth of five children of Lewis William Townsend, dentist, poet, and biographer of Oliver Wendell Holmes, and his wife, ...

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Wilenski, Reginald Howard (1887–1975), art critic and historian, was born at 16 Upper Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London, on 7 March 1887, the son of Abraham Arthur Wilenski, merchant, and his wife, Alice (née Simeon), of 16 Upper Westbourne Terrace, Paddington. The surnames suggest a Polish ancestry, and Jewish descent on both his father's and mother's sides. Elected a foundation scholar at ...

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G. Le G. Norgate

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Zerffi, George Gustavus (1820–1892), writer on art and history, was probably born in Buda, Hungary, the son of Julius Stephan Zerffi, an editor and translator. George Zerffi edited the Ungar newspaper in Pest, and took part in the 1848 revolution, serving as a captain in the revolutionary army. In 1849 he moved to ...