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Haskell, Francis James Herbert (1928–2000), art historian, was born on 7 April 1928 in London, the eldest of three children (two sons and one daughter) of Arnold Lionel David Haskell (1903–1980), a ballet critic, and Vera Saitsova (d. 1968), a Russian émigrée. His parents' common language was French, which ...

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(Emily) Margaret Jourdain (1876–1951) by unknown photographer, 1910 © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jourdain, (Emily) Margaret (1876–1951), historian of English furniture and decoration, was born on 15 August 1876 in Derwent, Derbyshire, the eighth of ten children of the Revd Francis Jourdain (1834–1898) and his wife, Emily, daughter of Charles Clay, a Manchester surgeon. As the hard-up daughter of a hard-up country parson, surrounded by caustic and highly competitive siblings, ...

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Taylor, Alec Clifton- (1907–1985), architectural historian and lecturer, was born on 2 August 1907 at Sutton, Surrey, the eldest of three children and the only son of Stanley Edgar Taylor (fl. 1870–1935), corn merchant, and his wife, Ethel Elizabeth Clifton Hills (...