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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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Sir Gerald Reid Barry (1898–1968) by Norman Parkinson, 1951 Norman Parkinson Ltd., courtesy Fiona Cowan

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Barry, Sir Gerald Reid (1898–1968), journalist and Festival of Britain administrator, was born at Fairfax, Berrylands Road, Surbiton, Surrey, on 20 November 1898, the fourth child of George Duncan Barry (1864–1945), who was then curate of St Mark's, Surbiton, and his wife, Edith Geraldine Reid (1859–1898)...

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Bell [née Popham], Anne Olivier (1916–2018), art historian and editor, was born at 5 Caroline Place (now Mecklenburgh Place), Bloomsbury, London, on 22 June 1916, the only daughter and second child of Arthur Ewart (Hugh) Popham (1889–1970), then a flight sub-lieutenant in ...

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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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Bernard, Bruce Bonus (1928–2000), photographer and picture editor, was born on 21 March 1928 at 7 Shepherd's Hill, Highgate, London, the second of three sons and third of the five children (one of whom died in infancy) of Oliver Percy Bernard (1881–1939), stage designer and architect, and his second wife, ...

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Binyon, (Robert) Laurence (1869–1943), poet and art historian, was born on 10 August 1869 at 1 High Street, Lancaster, the second of the nine children of Frederick Binyon (1838–1900), vicar of Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire, and his wife, Mary (1839–1919), daughter of Robert Benson Dockray (1811–1871)...

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(Robert) Laurence Binyon (1869–1943) by William Strang, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boyne, (Donald Arthur) Colin Aydon (1921–2006), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 15 February 1921 at Holnest, Farway, Honiton, Devon, the only child of Captain Lytton Leonard Boyne (b. 1887), formerly of the 3rd Royal Sussex regiment, and his wife, Millicent, ...

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Brookner [née Bruckner], Anita (1928–2016), art historian and novelist, was born at 55 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, south-east London, on 16 July 1928, the only child of Maude Bruckner (later Brookner), née Schishka (1894–1969), a singer prior to her marriage, and ...

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Anita Brookner (1928–2016), by Mark Gerson, 1985

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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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Julia Mary Cartwright (1851–1924) by James Russell & Sons, pubd 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cartwright [married name Ady], Julia Mary (1851–1924), art historian and biographer, was born at the family home, Edgcote House, Edgcote, Northamptonshire, on 7 November 1851, one of the ten children of Richard Aubrey Cartwright and his wife, Mary Fremantle (d. 1885)...

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Chute, John (1701–1776), architect and connoisseur of the arts and literature, was born on 30 December 1701, the youngest in the family of five sons and five daughters of Edward Chute (1658–1722) of The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of the lawyer ...

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