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Baxter [née Barnes], Lucy [pseud. Leader Scott] (1837–1902), writer on art, was born at Dorchester on 21 January 1837, the third daughter of William Barnes (1801–1886), the Dorset poet and philologist, and his wife, Julia, née Miles (1805–1852). Her childhood seems to have been a happy one, despite the family's straitened finances and her mother's death in 1852. ...

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Beale, (Sarah) Sophia (1837–1920), writer on art and painter, was born on 5 November 1837 in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the daughter of Lionel John Beale (1796–1871), surgeon, and Frances Smith, née Sheppard (1800–1849). She was the sister of Lionel Smith Beale (1828–1906)...

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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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Carter [née Fantl], Ernestine Marie (1906–1983), museum curator and writer on fashion, was born on 10 October 1906 in Savannah, Georgia, USA, the daughter of Siegfried Fantl. Carter was brought up in Savannah. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1927, where, remarkably for the time, she studied modern and contemporary art and design under the tutelage of ...

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Eastlake [née Rigby], Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake (1809–1893), journalist and writer on art, was born in Norwich, Norfolk, on 17 November 1809, the third child and second daughter of Dr Edward Rigby (1747–1821), physician, and his second wife, Anne (1777–1872), daughter of William Palgrave...

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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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Francis [née Jervis], Eliza Warren (1810–1900), author of domestic manuals and journal editor, was born on 23 December 1810 in Wells, Somerset, where she was baptized on 19 June 1811, the first of six surviving children of John Jervis (b....

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Madge Garland (1898–1990) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1927 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Garland [née McHarg], Madge (1898–1990), fashion journalist and teacher, was born on 12 June 1898 in Melbourne, Australia, third child of Andrew McHarg, international shipper, and his wife, Henrietta Maria Aitkin. Brought up in St John's Wood in London, she was sent to the ...

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Glynn, Prudence Loveday [married name Prudence Loveday Hennessy, Lady Windlesham] (1935–1986), fashion writer, was born on 22 January 1935 at 34 Evelyn Gardens, Kensington, London, the youngest child in the family of two sons and two daughters of Lieutenant-Colonel Rupert Trevor Wallace Glynn...

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Innes, Jocasta Claire Traill (1934–2013), journalist, cookery writer, and interior design writer, was born on 21 May 1934 in Nanking (Nanjing), China, the eldest of four children of Paul Joseph Anthony Innes (1906–1977), a Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Alice Eileen, née...

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Mary Harriett Jellett (1897–1944) by unknown photographer private collection

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Jellett, Mary Harriett [Mainie] (1897–1944), painter and writer on art, was born on 20 April 1897 at 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, and baptized at St Anne's Church, Dawson Street, the eldest of the four daughters of William Morgan Jellett (1857–1936) and Janet McKensie Stokes (...

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See Linklater, Eric Robert Russell

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Merrifield [née Watkins], Mary Philadelphia (1804–1889), writer on art and algologist, was born on 15 April 1804 in Brompton, London, the daughter of a conveyancing barrister, Sir Charles Watkins. In 1827 she married John Merrifield of Tavistock (1788/9–1877), who was called to the ...

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Moore, Doris Elizabeth Langley (1902–1989), writer on fashion and museum founder, was born on 23 July 1902 in Liverpool, the second daughter in the family of three daughters and one son of Joseph Langley Levy, writer and newspaper editor, and his wife, Mabel Ada Rushden...