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Colefax [née Halsey], Sibyl Sophie Julia, Lady Colefax (1874–1950), hostess and interior decorator, was born on 4 December 1874, at The Poplars, Wimbledon Common, Surrey (the house of her uncle, Walter Bagehot). She was the third but only surviving daughter (and fifth and last child) of ...

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Margery Fish (1892–1969) by Valerie Finnis, 1960s © Valerie Finnis/National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fish [née Townshend], Margery (1892–1969), gardener and author, was born at 16 Eastbank, Stamford Hill, London, on 5 August 1892, the second of the four daughters of Ernest Townshend (d. 1926), City of London commercial traveller in tea, and his wife, ...

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Garrett, Agnes (1845–1935), interior designer and suffragist, was born on 12 July 1845 at The Uplands, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the seventh of eleven children of Newson Garrett (1812–1893), merchant, and his wife, Louisa (1813–1903), daughter of John Dunnell of Marylebone, Middlesex. She was educated at a boarding-school in ...

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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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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 ...

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Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932) by Sir William Nicholson, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jekyll, Gertrude (1843–1932), artist and garden designer, was born at 2 Grafton Street, London, on 29 November 1843, and baptized at St George's, Hanover Square, the fifth of seven children and the second daughter of Edward Joseph Hill Jekyll (1804–1876), a retired captain in the ...

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Jessop [née Wilde], Ann (bap. 1782, d. 1864), cabinet-maker, was baptized at the church of St Peter and St Paul, Sheffield, on 9 May 1782, the daughter of Adam Wilde and his wife, Elizabeth. Nothing is known of her early life except that she was twice married: first at ...

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Kathleen Letitia Lloyd Jones (1898–1978) by unknown photographer, 1920s private collection

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Jones, Kathleen Letitia Lloyd (1898–1978), garden designer and nurserywoman, was born on 4 June 1898 at Rotherslade House at Oystermouth on the Gower peninsula in Glamorgan. Known as Kitty, she was the ninth of the ten children of Arthur Lloyd Jones (1853–1932), a physician and surgeon, and his wife, ...

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Jessie Marion King (1875–1949) by James Craig Annan Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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King [married name Taylor], Jessie Marion (1875–1949), illustrator and designer, was born on 20 March 1875 at the manse, New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire, the third daughter of the Revd James Waters King (1836–1898), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Mary Ann (1846–1896)...

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(Gwendoline Maud) Syrie Maugham (1879–1955) by Nitscher Wellcome Library, London

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Maugham [née Barnardo; other married name Wellcome], (Gwendoline Maud) Syrie (1879–1955), interior decorator, was born on 10 July 1879 at The Cedars, Banbury Road, Hackney, London, the eldest daughter and third of seven children of Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905), medical doctor and philanthropist, and ...

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Reiss [née Lucas], Phyllis Emily (1886–1961), garden designer, was born at Ashlyers, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, on 3 October 1886, the daughter of Colonel Alfred George Lucas, an army officer and later mayor of Lowestoft and high sheriff of Suffolk, and his wife, Edith Hamilton Crake (...

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Speight, Sadie [married name Sadie Martin, Lady Martin] (1906–1992), architect and designer, was born on 26 May 1906 at 65 Church Street, Standish, Lancashire, one of two daughters of Alfred Speight, a doctor, and his wife, Mary Annie, née Urmston. Both she and her sister, ...