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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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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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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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Gordon Goodwin

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Eagles, John (1783–1855), art critic and poet, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 8 November 1783 in the parish of St Augustine, the second of the two children, and only son, of Thomas Eagles (bap. 1746, d. 1812), merchant and classical scholar, and his wife, ...

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Fuller, Peter Michael (1947–1990), art critic and magazine editor, was born on 31 August 1947 in Damascus, the second child and elder son in the family of two sons and a daughter of Harold William Charles Fuller, general medical practitioner, and his wife, ...

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Gavron, Robert [Bob], Baron Gavron (1930–2015), printer, publisher, and philanthropist, was born on 13 September 1930 at the Grosvenor Nursing Home, Fordwych Road, Hampstead, London, the elder son of Nathan, otherwise Nathaniel, Gavron (1903–1970), patent lawyer, and his wife, ...

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Jacobson, Dan (1929–2014), novelist and literary critic, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 7 March 1929, the third son (he also had one younger sister) of Hyman Michael Jacobson (1885/1886–1975), businessman, and his wife Liebe, née Melamed (b. 1896...

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Kustow, Michael David (1939–2014), author, theatre producer, and television executive, was born on 18 November 1939 at Suffolk House maternity home, Marsh Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, the oldest of three children of Marcus (Mark) Kustow (1908–1994), who came from a Jewish-Russian immigrant family and sold children’s clothes in a shop at ...

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Mankowitz, Cyril Woolf [Wolf] (1924–1998), author, playwright, and scriptwriter, was born at 45 Fashion Street, Whitechapel, London, on 7 November 1924, the eldest child of Solomon Mankowitz (1893–1975), a second-hand clothier and market trader, and his wife, Becky, née Brick (1894–1972). His mother's parents had come to ...

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Marqusee, Michael John (Mike) (1953–2015), writer and political activist, was born in New York City on 27 January 1953, the oldest of five children of John Edward Marqusee (1928–1999), real estate developer, art dealer, and publisher, and his wife ...

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Austin Dobson

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Monkhouse, William Cosmo (1840–1901), poet and art critic, born in London on 18 March 1840, was the son of Cyril John Monkhouse, a solicitor, and his wife, Amelia Maria Delafosse, who was of a Huguenot family which came to England after the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He entered ...

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(Charles) Raymond Bell Mortimer (1895–1980) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1942 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mortimer, (Charles) Raymond Bell (1895–1980), writer on literature and art critic, was born at 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Knightsbridge, London, on 25 April 1895, the only child of Charles Edward Mortimer, a prosperous parliamentary solicitor of Devon stock, and his wife, (Marion) Josephine Cantrell...

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Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897) by Samuel Laurence, 1872 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Palgrave, Francis Turner [Frank] (1824–1897), anthologist and art critic, was born on 28 September 1824 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the house of his maternal grandparents, Dawson Turner, a banker, and Mary Turner, née Palgrave. He was the eldest of the four sons of ...

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William Michael Rossetti (1829–1919) by Ford Madox Brown, 1856 [William Michael Rossetti by Gaslight] National Trust Photographic Library

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...

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Salaman, Nina Ruth (1877–1925), Hebraist and translator of medieval Hebrew poetry, was born Pauline Davis, at Friarfield House, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, on 15 July 1877, the second of two children of Arthur Davis (1846–1906), precision instrument manufacturer and Hebrew scholar, and his wife, ...