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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Backhouse [née Holden], Margaret (bap. 1818, d. 1896), portrait and genre painter, one of several children of the Revd Henry Augustus Holden (1785–1870) and his wife, Mary Willetts (1790/91–1869), was born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, and baptized on 28 September 1818 at ...

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Mary Beale (bap. 1633, d. 1699) self-portrait, c. 1665 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beale [née Cradock], Mary (bap. 1633, d. 1699), portrait painter, was born at Barrow rectory, Suffolk, and baptized on 26 March 1633, the elder of two children of the Revd John Cradock (c.1595–1652), the puritan rector of Barrow, and his wife, ...

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Benwell [married name Code], Mary (fl. 1761–c. 1800), portrait painter, of whose parents nothing is known, is not known to be related to the painter John Hodges Benwell. She lived in Warwick Court, London, and worked in crayon, oils, and miniatures. She began exhibiting at the ...

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Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was born at Stradbroke, Suffolk, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) of Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, and rector of Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of ...

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Biffin [Beffin; married name Wright], Sarah (1784–1850), miniature painter, was born on 25 October 1784 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset, and baptized there, at the church of St Mary the Virgin, on 31 October. She was the third of five children of Henry John Beffin (1747/8–1835)...

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Sarah Biffin (1784–1850) by Henri Grevedon, 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bingham [née Smith], Margaret, countess of Lucan (c. 1740–1814), miniature painter, was the daughter of James Smith MP, of Canons-Leigh, Devon, and St Audries, Somerset, and his wife, Grace. She married, on 25 August 1760, Sir Charles Bingham (1735–1799), later Baron Lucan...

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Dorothy Boyle, countess of Burlington (1699–1758) by William Kent, c. 1735 [painting in the garden room at Chiswick House] Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Boyle [née Savile], Dorothy, countess of Burlington (1699–1758), portrait painter and caricaturist, was born in London on 13 September 1699 and baptized on 24 September at St James's, Piccadilly, the elder daughter of William Savile, second marquess of Halifax (1665–1700), and his second wife, ...

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Brackenbury, Georgina Agnes (1865–1949), portrait painter and suffrage campaigner, was born at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, on 1 July 1865, the fifth of nine children of Charles Booth Brackenbury (1831–1890), an officer in the Royal Artillery who became director of the Artillery College, Woolwich...

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Georgina Agnes Brackenbury (1865–1949) self-portrait © private collection

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Carlile [Carlell; née Palmer], Joan (c. 1606–1679), portrait painter and copyist, was the daughter of William Palmer (d. 1634), an official of the royal parks of St James's and the Spring Garden, and his wife, Mary. Buckeridge and the Dictionary of National Biography...

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Margaret Sarah Carpenter (1793–1872) self-portrait, 1817 © Copyright The British Museum

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Carpenter [née Geddes], Margaret Sarah (1793–1872), portrait and genre painter, was born on 1 February 1793 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, where she was baptized at St Thomas's Church on 7 June 1793, the second of six children of Alexander Geddes (1763–1843), retired army officer, and his wife, ...

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Penelope Carwardine (1729–c. 1801) by Thomas Bardwell private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Carwardine [married name Butler], Penelope (1729–c. 1801), miniature painter, was born at Withington, Herefordshire, on 29 April 1729, the eldest of the six daughters of John Carwardine of Thinghills Court, Withington, Herefordshire, and his wife, Anne Bullock of Preston Wynn, who was also a miniature painter. Her father having ruined the family estates ...

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Charretie [née Kennell], Anna Maria (1819–1875), miniature painter and oil painter, was born at Vauxhall, Surrey, on 5 May 1819, the daughter and one of at least two children of John Pratt Kennell (1779-1842), an officer in the department of stamps and taxes...