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Bell [née Hamilton], Maria, Lady Bell (1755–1825), painter and sculptor, was born on 26 December 1755 in Chelsea, Middlesex, and baptized on 28 December at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the daughter of William Hamilton, an architect of Scottish descent, and his wife, Sarah...

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Biggar [married name Montlake], Helen Manson (1909–1953), sculptor, film-maker, theatre designer, and political activist, was born on 25 May 1909 at Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow, the eldest of three daughters of Hugh and Florence Biggar. She grew up in a socialist household, her father being a Christian socialist and founder member of the ...

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Anne Seymour Damer (1749–1828) self-portrait, 1778 © reserved

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Damer [née Conway], Anne Seymour (1749–1828), sculptor and author, was born on 8 November 1749 at Coombe Bank, Sevenoaks, Kent, the only child of the Hon. Henry Seymour Conway (1719–1795), army officer and politician, and his wife, Caroline Bruce, née Campbell, Lady Ailesbury...

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Duckworth [née Windmüller], Ruth (1919–2009), sculptor, was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 10 April 1919, the youngest of five children of Edgar Albert Gustavus Windmüller (1875–1956), a Manchester-born lawyer, and his German wife, Ellen Elise (1890–1972). Her father was Jewish, but her mother was not. Nevertheless she was classified as a Jew under the Nuremberg laws and prevented from attending art school in ...

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Durant, Susan Durant (1827–1873), sculptor, was born in Stamford Hill, Middlesex, on 8 July 1827, the second daughter of George Durant (1784–1872), silkbroker, and his wife, Mary Dugdale (fl. 1788–1861), both of whom were from Devon. Susan Durant became interested in sculpture when spending a winter in ...

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Frink, Dame Elisabeth Jean (1930–1993), sculptor and printmaker, was born on 14 November 1930 at The Grange, Thurlow, Suffolk, the only daughter of Ralph Cuyler Frink (1899–1974), cavalry officer, and his wife, Jean Conway-Gordon (b. 1910), a colonel's daughter.

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Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink (1930–1993) self-portrait, 1987 Estate of Dame Elisabeth Frink; courtesy of Fischer Fine Arts

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Gleichen, Lady Feodora Georgina Maud (1861–1922), sculptor, was born in London on 20 December 1861, the eldest daughter of Admiral Prince Victor Ferdinand Franz Eugen Adolf Constantin Friedrich of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1833–1891), a naval officer and, from 1866, a sculptor, the son of Prince Ernest of Hohenlohe-Langenburg...

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Lady Feodora Georgina Maud Gleichen (1861–1922) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordine [Gordin], Dora (1895–1991), sculptor, was born in Russia in June 1895, the daughter of Mark Gordin, an architect. (She later claimed to have been born in St Petersburg on 13 April 1906.) Her parents were Latvian Jews, though they lived in Tallinn, Estonia...

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Henrion, Daphne Hardy [née Daphne Hardy] (1917–2003), sculptor, was born on 20 October 1917 at Lavender Cottage, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, the second of three daughters of Clive Hardy, a former commercial clerk then serving as a major in the 12th London regiment, and his wife, ...

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Dame (Jocelyn) Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) self-portrait, 1950 © Alan Bowness, Hepworth Estate; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hepworth [married names Skeaping, Nicholson], Dame (Jocelyn) Barbara (1903–1975), sculptor, was born on 10 January 1903 at Wakefield, Yorkshire, the eldest in the family of three daughters and one son of Herbert Raikes Hepworth (1881–1958), civil engineer to the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes (1901–1983) self-portrait, 1949 © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hermes, Gertrude Anna Bertha (1901–1983), printmaker, sculptor, and designer, was born on 18 August 1901 at Altena, Bickley, Kent, the second of five children of German-born parents, Louis August Hermes (1866–1949) and his wife, Helene, née Gerdes (1872–1949), of Altena, near Dortmund. Her father, who had lived in ...

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Hill [née Paton], Amelia Robertson (1820–1904), sculptor, was born at Wooer's Alley, Dunfermline, Fife, the daughter of Joseph Neil Paton (1797–1874), a damask designer, and his wife, Catherine McDiarmid (d. 1853). The Patons were a notable Scottish artistic family; her brothers were the painters ...