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Barron, (Mabel) Phyllis (1890–1964), designer and textile printer, was born on 19 March 1890 in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, the younger of two daughters of Walter Barron and his wife, Alice Maud Marguerite, formerly Clark, of Taplow House, Taplow. She was to describe her family as 'rich' and her father as 'something in the City' (...

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Sandra Betty Blow (1925–2006) by Roger Mayne, 1966 © Roger Mayne / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist, was born on 14 September 1925, at 64 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only daughter of Jacob (Jack) Blow, a fruit wholesaler at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, and his wife, Leah (Lily), née Rubinstein. She was of Jewish descent. Her brothers, ...

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Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer, is known to have been an embroiderer of ecclesiastical vestments directly commissioned by Henry III in the years 1239–44. Evidence for these commissions is to be found in the close and liberate rolls in a succession of payments for work in progress, for materials, or for work completed....

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Clapham [née McVitie], Emily Maria (1857–1952), couturier, was born at 59 St Paul Street North, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 22 December 1857, the eldest daughter in the family of at least two daughters and one son of Walter McVitie (1829–1874), a painter and house decorator, and his wife, ...

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Collier, Susan Jane (1938–2011), textile designer, was born on 12 October 1938 at York House, Brooks Drive, Altrincham, Cheshire, the eldest of three children of Henry Oswald Jackson (Harry) Collier (1912–1983), physiologist and pharmacologist, and his wife, Irene Marjorie (Rene), née Ritcher (1910–1987)...

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Coronio [née Ionides], Aglaia (1834–1906), embroiderer, bookbinder, and art patron, was the second child and elder daughter of Alexander Ionides (1810–1890) and his wife, Euterpe, née Sgouta (b. 1816), who was described in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894) as 'so beautiful and stately and magnificently attired' (...

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(Désirée) Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie Day (1917–2010) by John Gay, 1950s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Day [née Conradi], (Désirée) Lucienne Lisbeth Dulcie (1917–2010), textile designer, was born on 5 January 1917 at Dulceholme, Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, the youngest child and only daughter of Felix Conradi (1871/2–1957), a Belgian-born reinsurance broker, and his English wife, Dulcie Lilian Hilda, ...

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Dean, Beryl (1911–2001), embroiderer, was born on 2 August 1911 at 70 Sandford Road, Bromley, Kent, the elder daughter of Herbert Charles Dean, stock and share dealer, and later financial adviser, and his wife, Marion, née Petter, a naturally gifted artist of Huguenot descent. ...

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Marion V. Dorn (1896–1964) by Frank Dobson, c. 1930–31 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dorn, Marion V. (1896–1964), designer, was born on 25 December 1896, probably at Menlo Park, near San Francisco, California, one of five children of Diodemus Socrates Dorn (1860–1913), lawyer, and Camille Johnson (1870–1932). Educated at Stanford University from 1912 to 1916 (bachelor of arts in graphic arts, Phi Beta Kappa), thereafter she shared a studio in ...

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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Marianne Margaret Egerton, Viscountess Alford (1817–1888) by unknown artist Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Eyre [married name Blythe], Mary (b. before 1603, d. in or after 1633), commissioner of a tapestry map, was the eldest daughter of Anthony Eyre (c.1576–1643×58) of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, West Riding of Yorkshire, and of Keveton, Derbyshire, and his first wife, ...

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Garthwaite, Anna Maria (1688–1763?), textile designer, was born on 14 March 1688 at Harston, Leicestershire, the second of the three daughters of the Revd Ephraim Garthwaite (d. 1719), rector of Grantham, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Rejoyce, née Henstead. The first forty years of her life were spent in ...

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Gray [formerly Smith], (Kathleen) Eileen Moray (1878–1976), designer and architect, was born on 9 August 1878 at Brownswood, the family estate in Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. She was the third of three daughters and youngest of five children of James Maclaren Smith (1832–1900)...

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Howard [married name Parker], Constance Mildred (1910–2000), embroiderer and textile artist, was born on 8 December 1910 at 26 Albany Road, Abington, Northampton, the eldest among the three daughters of Arthur Howard, an elementary schoolmaster, and his wife and first cousin, Mildred Annie Abbott...

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James [née Calkin], Margaret Bernard (1895–1985), designer, calligrapher, and painter, was born on 23 February 1895 at 22 Holmdale Road, West Hampstead, London, the third of seven children of Harry Bernard Calkin (1861–1926), who married Margaret Agnes Palfrey (1870–1936) in 1890. He was in insurance and became a ...