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Abrahams, Ivor (1935–2015), painter, printmaker, and art teacher, was born on 10 January 1935 at 10 Swinley Road, Wigan, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Hyman (Harry) Abrahams, ladies’ outfitter, and his wife, Rachel (née Kalisky, later Kay). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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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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Abse, Daniel [Dannie] (1923–2014), physician, poet, and author, was born on 22 September 1923 at 161 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff, the youngest of four children of Rudolf Abse (1887–1964), cinema proprietor, and his wife, Kate, née Shepherd (1890–1981...

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Asherson, Renée [real name Dorothy Renée Ascherson] (1915–2014), actress, was born on 19 May 1915 at 2 Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, London, the younger daughter of Charles Stephen Ascherson (1877–1945), a shipowner of German Jewish descent, and his second wife, ...

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Bamber [née Balmuth], Helen Rae (1925–2014), human rights advocate and psychotherapist, was born at Westminster Hospital, London, on 1 May 1925, the only child of Louis Balmuth (1887–1961), accountant, and his wife Marie, née Bader (1895–1969), a singer. At the time of her birth registration her parents, both of Polish-Jewish descent, lived at ...

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Barnett, Joel, Baron Barnett (1923–2014), politician and accountant, was born on 14 October 1923 at 3 Barker Street, Cheetham, Manchester, the only son of Louis Barnett (1892–1964), a tailor and later manufacturer of mantles and costumes, and his wife, Ettie, née...

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(Arthur) Clive Heward Bell (1881–1964) by Roger Fry, c. 1924 © Estate of Roger Fry; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, (Arthur) Clive Heward (1881–1964), art critic and writer, was born on 16 September 1881 at East Shefford, Berkshire, the second son of William Heward Bell (1849–1927), civil engineer, and his wife, Hannah Taylor Cory (1850–1942). In the words of his son Quentin...

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Berger, John Peter (1926–2017), art critic, novelist, and film-maker, was born at 1 Filey Avenue, Clapton, London, on 5 November 1926, the elder son of Stanley Joseph Docking Berger (1893–1976), secretary of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants, and his wife ...

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John Berger (1926-2017), by Eamonn McCabe, 1999

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Bodkin, Thomas Patrick (1887–1961), museum director and art critic, was born in Dublin on 21 July 1887, the eldest of the family of two sons and four daughters of Matthias McDonnell Bodkin, a journalist who was later county court judge of Clare and MP for ...

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Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne (1939–2015), by Raymond Reuter, 1994

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Brittan, Leon, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne (1939–2015), politician, was born on 25 September 1939 at the City of London Maternity Hospital, 102 City Road, Finsbury, London, the second son of Joseph Brittan (1899–1972), medical practitioner, and his wife, Rebecca (Riva...

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Brock, Alan Francis Clutton- (1904–1976), art critic, was born in Weybridge, Surrey, on 8 October 1904, the son of Arthur Clutton-Brock (1868–1924) and his wife, Evelyn Alice Vernon-Harcourt. His father was a barrister who forsook law to write on art and literature, regularly contributing articles to ...

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Brown, Georgia (1933–1992), singer and actress, was born Lilian Claire Klot on 21 October 1933 at 24 Underwood Street, Whitechapel, London, the daughter of Mark Klot, formerly Kleotz (1904–1981), fur cutter and part-time bookmaker, and his wife, Annie, née Kirschenbaum (1906–1988). At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at ...

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Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell [Lady Colin Campbell] (1857–1911) by Giovanni Boldini, c. 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Blood], Gertrude Elizabeth [Lady Colin Campbell] (1857–1911), art critic and journalist, was the second daughter and third of the four children of Edmond Maghlin Blood (1815–1891) of Brickhill, co. Clare, and his wife, Mary Anne (1814/15–1899), daughter of Thomas Fergusson...

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Carey, William Paulet (1759–1839), art critic and dealer, was born in Redmond's Hill, Dublin, the son of Christopher Carey, a baker. He was the brother of John and Mathew Carey. He studied drawing at the school of the Royal Dublin Society, and became an engraver. From 1786 ...

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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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Daghani [formerly Korn; Dagani], Arnold (1909–1985), artist and writer, was born Arnold Korn on 22 February 1909, in Suczawa, Bukovina, on the eastern borders of the Austro-Hungarian empire (later Suceava, Romania), to a Jewish family, the youngest child of Viktor Korn (...