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Bell, (Arthur) Clive Heward (1881–1964), art critic and writer, was born on 16 September 1881 at East Shefford, Berkshire, the second son of William Heward Bell (1849–1927), civil engineer, and his wife, Hannah Taylor Cory (1850–1942). In the words of his son Quentin...

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Brittan, Leon, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne (1939–2015), politician, was born on 25 September 1939 at the City of London Maternity Hospital, 102 City Road, Finsbury, London, the second son of Joseph Brittan (1899–1972), medical practitioner, and his wife, Rebecca (Riva...

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Fry, Roger Eliot (1866–1934), art historian, critic, and painter, was born on 14 December 1866 at 6 The Grove, Highgate, Middlesex, the fifth of the nine children of Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918), judge, and his wife, Mariabella (1833–1930), daughter of John Hodgkin and his wife, ...

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Gilbert, Sir Martin John (1936–2015), historian, was born at 87 Fordwych Road, West Hampstead, London, on 25 October 1936, the son of Peter Gilbert (1902–1976), manufacturing jeweller, and his wife, Miriam, née Green. At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Heron, Patrick (1920–1999), painter and art critic, was born at 12 Hollin Lane, Headingley, Leeds, on 30 January 1920, the eldest child in the family of three sons and a daughter of Thomas Milner Heron (1890–1983), textile and garment manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Holmes, Sir Charles John (1868–1936), landscape painter and art critic, was born at Preston on 11 November 1868, the elder son of Charles Rivington Holmes (d. 1873), vicar of St Michael's Church, Bromley by Bow, later vicar of Stratton, Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Mortimer, (Charles) Raymond Bell (1895–1980), writer on literature and art critic, was born at 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Knightsbridge, London, on 25 April 1895, the only child of Charles Edward Mortimer, a prosperous parliamentary solicitor of Devon stock, and his wife, (Marion) Josephine Cantrell...

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), statistician, college head, and public servant, was born on 24 November 1922 in Berlin, the younger son of Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), a successful and distinguished Jewish banker, and his wife, Lotte, née...

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Palgrave, Francis Turner [Frank] (1824–1897), anthologist and art critic, was born on 28 September 1824 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the house of his maternal grandparents, Dawson Turner, a banker, and Mary Turner, née Palgrave. He was the eldest of the four sons of ...

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Robertson, Bryan Charles Francis (1925–2002), art critic and art gallery director, was born on 1 April 1925 at 517A Harrow Road, Paddington, London, the youngest of the three children of Albert Francis Robertson, a caterer's manager, and his wife, Ellen Dorothy, née Black...

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...

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Ruskin, John (1819–1900), art critic and social critic, was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, London, the only child of John James Ruskin (1785–1864), a sherry importer, and Margaret Cox, formerly Cock (1781–1871), the daughter of a Croydon...

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Sewell, Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell (1931–2015), art critic and broadcaster, was born Brian Alfred Christopher Bushell Perkins at 20 Rivercourt Road, Hammersmith, London, on 15 July 1931, the son of Mary Jessica Perkins (1901–1996), a private secretary. His father was not named on his birth certificate. He was brought up by his mother and stepfather, ...

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Stephens, Frederic George (1827–1907), art critic and art historian, born on 10 October 1827, was the son of Septimus Stephens of Aberdeen and the grandson of Octavius Stephens of Dublin; his mother was possibly named Ann Cooke. Stephens's father was an official at the ...

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Sylvester, (Anthony) David Bernard (1924–2001), art critic and exhibition curator, was born in Hackney, London, on 21 September 1924, the son of Philip Silvester, later Sylvester, businessman, and his wife, Sybil, née Rosen. Both parents were of Jewish descent. At the time of his birth his father was in the fish trade, but he later joined the family's antiques and silver business in ...