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Ackling, (Walter) Roger (1947–2014), artist, was born on 11 August 1947 at the West Middlesex Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, the first child and only son of Walter Frederick Ackling (1921–2013), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Alice Jean, née Lockton...

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Allom, Thomas (1804–1872), architect and artist, was born on 13 March 1804 at Lambeth, the second of the two children of Thomas Allom (1770–1840), a coachman, and his wife, Martha Rampley (1771–1861), who were both originally from Suffolk. He was articled to the architect ...

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Anson, Peter Frederick (1889–1975), monk, writer, and artist, was born Frederick Charles Anson on 22 August 1889 at 32 South Parade, Southsea, the son of Charles Eustace Anson (1858–1940), subsequently rear-admiral, and his wife, (Maria) Evelyn, née Ross (1863–1904). His father came from a family with strong connections to the ...

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Ardizzone, Edward Jeffery Irving (1900–1979), artist and writer, was born on 16 October 1900 in Haiphong, French Indo-China. He was the eldest child of Auguste Ardizzone (d. 1942), a naturalized Frenchman of Italian parentage, an employee of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company...

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Ayrton [formerly Ayrton Gould], Michael (1921–1975), artist and writer, was born at 3 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, London, on 20 February 1921, the only child of Gerald Gould (1885–1936), poet and journalist, and his wife, Barbara Bodichon Ayrton Gould (1886–1950), politician and sometime chairman of the ...

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Baines, (John) Thomas (1820–1875), artist and explorer, was born on 27 November 1820 at King's Lynn, Norfolk, the second son and one of three surviving children of Mary Ann Watson and John Thomas Baines, a master mariner. His father and maternal grandfather were amateur artists, his brother ...

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Bassano, Alexander (1829–1913), photographer and artist, was born in London on 10 May 1829, the second son in the family of at least two sons and three daughters of Clement Bassano (1778/9–1833), merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Browne. He was baptized Alessandro...

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Berlin, Sven Paul (1911–1999), artist and writer, was born on 14 September 1911 at 6 South Terrace, Fairlawn Park, Sydenham, in south-east London, the second of the three children of Karl Gustave Hermann Berlin (1885–1972), a Swedish paper merchant (and nephew of the explorer ...

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Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet, was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London, the third son of James Blake (1723?–1784), a hosier, and his wife, Catherine, née Wright (1723–1792), the widow of Thomas Armitage. Blake had four brothers, ...

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Blore, Edward (1787–1879), antiquarian artist and architect, the eldest child of Thomas Blore (1764–1818), antiquary and topographer, and his first wife (his cousin), Margaret Blore (1761–1791), was born in All Saints' parish, Derby, on 13 September 1787 and baptized on 30 September at ...

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Bowery, Leigh (1961–1994), designer and performance artist, was born in Sunshine, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on 26 March 1961, the son of Tom Bowery, accountant, and his wife, Evelyn (d. 1994). Born into a middle-class family, he was an intelligent and confident boy who excelled at school and achieved grade 8 at piano. Highly creative, he learned to knit and crochet at a young age and went on to study fashion at the ...

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Boyd, Arthur Merric Bloomfield (1920–1999), artist, was born on 24 July 1920 at Open Country, 8 Wahroonga Crescent, Murrumbeena, Victoria, Australia, the second child and eldest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of (William) Merric Boyd, potter, and his wife, ...

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Brangwyn, Sir Frank William (1867–1956), artist, was born at 24 rue du Vieux Bourg, Bruges, on 12 May 1867; his forenames were registered in Bruges as Guillaume François. He was the first son of William Curtis Brangwyn (1839–1907), an ecclesiastical architect, church decorator, and craftsman, proud of his distant Welsh origin, born in ...

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Bratby, John Randall (1928–1992), artist, was born on 19 July 1928 at a nursing home in Wimbledon, the first of two children of George Alfred Bratby (1887–1947), wine taster, and his wife, Lily Beryl Randall (1897–1945). The Bratbys traced their roots to Derbyshire...

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Browne, Hablot Knight [pseud. Phiz] (1815–1882), artist and illustrator, was born in Lower Kennington Lane, London, in June or July 1815 and baptized on 21 December 1815 at St Mary's, Lambeth; he was said to be the ninth son of William Loder Browne (1771–1855)...

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Buchinger, Matthias [Matthew] (1674–1739), artist, was born on 2 June 1674 at Ansbach, near Nuremberg; details of his parents are unknown. He was born without hands, feet, lower legs, or thighs and in his life never grew taller than 29 inches. Although such symptoms might today be diagnosed as phocomelia, his impairments were attributed at the time to a fright suffered by his mother during pregnancy. He was the youngest of nine children and, according to a biography published in the ...

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Buhler, Robert (1916–1989), artist, was born on 23 November 1916 at the French Hospital, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, the only son and elder child of Robert Buhler, a Swiss aircraft designer with Handley Page, who later became a journalist, and his wife, Lucy Kronig...

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Bunbury, Henry William (1750–1811), artist and caricaturist, was born on 1 July 1750 at the Manor House, Mildenhall, Suffolk, the second son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764) and vicar of Mildenhall, and his wife, Eleanor (d...

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Burton, William Shakespeare (1824–1916), painter, was born in London on 1 June 1824, the son of the actor William Evans Burton (1804–1860) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Loft (d. 1876). To escape from his difficult wife Burton's father moved to the USA...

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Butler, Samuel (1835–1902), writer and artist, was born on 4 December 1835 at the rectory at Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son in the family of four children (including another son, Thomas, and two daughters, Henrietta and May) of Thomas Butler (1806–1886)...