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(William) Martin Conway, Baron Conway of Allington (1856–1937) by Bassano, 1895 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Conway, (William) Martin, Baron Conway of Allington (1856–1937), art historian and mountaineer, was born on 12 April 1856 at Rochester, Kent, the only son of William Conway, a low-church evangelical vicar of St Nicholas's Church, Rochester, afterwards rector of St Margaret's Church, Westminster...

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Sir William Eden, seventh baronet and fifth baronet (1849–1915) by Prince Paulo Troubetzkoy © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eden, Sir William, seventh baronet and fifth baronet (1849–1915), sportsman and artist, was born at Windlestone Hall, co. Durham, on 4 April 1849, the second son of Sir William Eden, sixth baronet and fourth baronet (1803–1873), and his wife, Elfrida Susanna Harriet, daughter of ...

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Fennell, John Greville (1807–1885), artist and writer on angling, was born at sea between Ireland and England. He began his artistic career by winning the silver medal offered by the duke of Sussex for a drawing of Hercules. He was a student at the school of engraving run by the ...

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Guevara, Álvaro Ladrón de (1894–1951), artist and boxer, was born on 13 July 1894 at Cerro Alegre, Valparaíso, Chile, the tenth of the twelve children of Luis Ladrón de Guevara (1840?–1912), a prosperous woollen exporter, and his wife, Ida Juana María Reimers Bode (1857–1943)...

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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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Elizabeth Alice Frances Le Blond (1860–1934) by unknown photographer, 1910 Alpine Club Photo Library, London

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Le Blond [née Hawkins-Whitshed], Elizabeth Alice Frances (1860–1934), mountaineer and photographer, was the only child of Sir St Vincent Bentinck Hawkins-Whitshed, third baronet (1837–1871), of Killincarrick House, Greystones, co. Wicklow, and his wife, Alice (d. 1908), the youngest daughter of the ...

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John Baptist Lucius Noel (1890–1989) self-portrait, 1924 The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Noel, John Baptist Lucius (1890–1989), mountaineer and photographer, was born on 26 February 1890 at Newton Abbot, Devon, the third and youngest son of Colonel the Hon. Edward Noel (1852–1917) and his wife, Ruth Lucas (d. 1926), daughter of W. H. Lucas...

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Robert Walker (1755–1808) by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1792–4 [The Skating Minister] National Gallery of Scotland

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Walker, Robert [called the Skating Minister] (1755–1808), Church of Scotland minister and subject of a painting by Henry Raeburn, was born on 30 April 1755 at Monkton, Ayrshire, the second son of the Revd William Walker (1719–1774), minister of that parish, and ...

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Wathen, James (bap. 1752, d. 1828), artist and pedestrian, was baptized on 1 July 1752 in the parish church of All Saints, Hereford, the son of Thomas Wathen (d. 1779), a glover of the city, and his wife, Dorothy Taylor (d...

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Edward Whymper (1840–1911) by Lance Calkin, exh. RA 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whymper, Edward (1840–1911), mountaineer and wood-engraver, was born on 27 April 1840 at Lambeth Terrace, Kennington Road, London, the second of the eleven children of Josiah Wood Whymper (1813–1903), wood-engraver, and his first wife, Elizabeth Whitworth Claridge (1819–1859). He was educated at Clarendon House School...