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Abramsky, Chimen (1916–2010), bookseller and historian, was born on 16 September 1916 in Smalyavichy, near Minsk, Russia, the third of four sons of Yehezkel Abramsky (1886–1976), rabbinic scholar, and his wife, Reizel (d. 1965), daughter of the leading rabbinic figure Israel Jonathan Jerusalimsky...

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Cesarani, David Ian (1956–2015), historian, was born on 13 November 1956 in the Kingsbury Maternity Hospital, Kingsbury, London, the only child of Henry Cesarani (1921–2006), ladies’ hairstylist, and his wife, Sylvia Bella, née Packman (1921–1977). His paternal grandfather, Achilles Cesarani...

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Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983) by Graham Sutherland, 1963–4 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art patron and historian, was born at 32 Grosvenor Square, London, on 13 July 1903, the only child of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark and his wife, (Margaret) Alice, daughter of James McArthur of Manchester and formerly of Paisley...

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Helmut Erich Robert Gernsheim (1913–1995) by Ida Kar © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gernsheim, Helmut Erich Robert (1913–1995), photographer and historian, was born in Munich on 1 March 1913, the third son of Karl Gernsheim, a historian of literature at Munich University, and his wife, Hermine, née Scholz. He was educated at St Anne's College, Augsburg...

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Gilbert, Sir Martin John (1936–2015), historian, was born at 87 Fordwych Road, West Hampstead, London, on 25 October 1936, the son of Peter Gilbert (1902–1976), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, Miriam, née Green. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Gilbert, Sir Martin John (1936–2015), by Gemma Levine, 1998

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Hackenbroch, Yvonne Alix (1912–2012), museum curator and historian of jewellery, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 27 April 1912, the second of three daughters of Zacharias Max Hackenbroch (1884–1937) and his wife, Clementine, née Schwarzschild (1888–1984). Her father was one of ...

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Hartley, Marie (1905–2006), artist, historian, and collector, was born on 25 September 1905 at Middleton Road, Morley, Yorkshire, the only daughter and elder child of Harry Hartley, a prosperous shoddy, or felt, manufacturer, and his wife, Gertrude, née Hinchliffe, whose family made woollen cloth in the town and presented a window symbolizing Aspiration to ...

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Jardine [née Bronowski], Lisa Anne (1944–2015), historian and public intellectual, was born on 12 April 1944 at Ruskin College, Walton Street, Oxford, the eldest of four daughters of Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974), mathematician, literary critic, and broadcaster, and his wife, ...

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Maas, Jeremy Stephen (1928–1997), art dealer and historian, was born on 31 August 1928 in Penang, Malaya, the son of Oscar Henry Maas (1884–1957), a Dutchman who owned a rubber plantation in Malaya, and his American wife, Marjorie Turner, née Pope (1893–1988). Maas...

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Maxwell, Sir William Stirling, ninth baronet (1818–1878), art historian, historian, and book collector, was born William Stirling on 8 March 1818 at Kenmure House, Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, the only son of Archibald Stirling of Keir and Cawder (1769–1847) and Elizabeth Maxwell (1793–1822), daughter of ...

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Sir William Stirling Maxwell, ninth baronet (1818–1878) by George Richmond, c. 1856 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nicholson [née Weeks], (Lorna) Rosemary (1919–2004), garden historian and museum founder, was born on 3 July 1919 at 17 Alexander Road, Southport, Lancashire, the youngest of the five children of Robert Foster Jeffrey Weeks, a mining engineer and a former officer in the ...

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Roscoe, William (1753–1831), historian and patron of the arts, was born on 8 March 1753 at the Old Bowling Green House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, the only son of William Roscoe (bap. 1714, d. 1793), innkeeper, and his wife, Elizabeth (1719–1771), daughter of ...

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William Roscoe (1753–1831) by Sir Martin Archer Shee, 1822 Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

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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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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 ...