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Artari, Giuseppe (1692/1700–1769), stuccoist, was one of the most accomplished craftsmen to work in England in the early to mid-eighteenth century. Born at Arogno, near Lugano, Switzerland, he was probably the son of Giovanni Battista Artari (b. 1664), a stuccoist. The evidence of ...

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Baker, William [name in religion Anselm] (1833–1885), heraldic artist and mural painter, was born in Birmingham on 23 January 1833, the son of Thomas Baker, a coach painter. He appears to have worked as a gun-stocker, and he learned to paint and draw at the ...

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Bernard, Oliver Percy (1881–1939), architect and designer, was born on 8 April 1881 at 2 Box Villas, Danby Street, Camberwell, London, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Charles Bernard (formerly Charles West; d. 1894), theatrical manager of Scottish descent, and his wife, ...

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Chermayeff [formerly Issakovitch], Sergius Ivan [Serge] (1900–1996), designer and architect, was born Sergius Ivanovich Issakovitch in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia (though at the time of his naturalization as a British subject he gave his birth place as Odessa), on 8 October 1900, the only son and younger child of ...

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Frederick Crace (1779–1859) by Frederick Henry Crace, c. 1830 private collection; © reserved in the photograph

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Crace, Frederick (1779–1859), interior decorator and collector of maps and prints, was born on 3 June 1779 at Park Row, Greenwich, the eldest son of John Crace (1753–1819) [see under Crace family (per. c. 1725-c. 1900)], interior decorator and cabinet-maker, and his second wife, ...

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Crace, John Dibblee (1838–1919), interior decorator and author, was born on 19 January 1838 at 14 (later renumbered 38) Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, the eldest of eleven surviving children of John Gregory Crace (1809–1889), interior decorator and author, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hine Langley (1815–1894)...

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Crace, John Gregory (1809–1889), interior decorator and author, was born on 26 May 1809 at 34 Curzon Street, London, the elder of two surviving sons of Frederick Crace (1779–1859), interior decorator and collector, and his wife, Augusta Harrop Gregory (1783/4–1827), the daughter of ...

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Hans Nathan Feibusch (1898–1998) self-portrait, c. 1951 © The Werthwhile Foundation; Tate, London, 2004

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Feibusch, Hans Nathan (1898–1998), mural painter, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 15 August 1898, the elder son of assimilated Jewish parents, Carl Feibusch (d. 1929), dental surgeon, and his wife, Marianne, née Ickelheimer, an amateur painter. He received a classical education and saw military service on the Russian front (1916–18). Following the war he briefly pursued medical studies, but then turned to painting and studied in ...

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Fowler, John Beresford (1906–1977), interior decorator, was born on 20 June 1906 at the Old Mill House, Lingfield, Surrey, the son of Robert Richard Fowler and his wife, Blanche Beresford, née Forster. His father was clerk of the course at the fashionable Edwardian race course at ...

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Hakewill, John (1742–1791), painter and decorator, was born in London on 27 February 1742, the son of William Hakewill and his wife, Mary Dransfield. He was the great-grandson of William Hakewill (bap. 1574, d. 1655), master of chancery. His father was foreman to ...

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Hicks, David Nightingale (1929–1998), interior designer and author, was born on 25 March 1929 at The Hamlet, Little Coggeshall, Essex, the second son of Herbert Hicks (1863–1941), stockbroker, and his wife, Iris Elsie Platten, a former actress. After a happy early childhood he became a pupil at ...

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Jackson, John Baptist (b. c. 1700, d. in or after 1773), woodcutter and designer of chintz and wallpaper, was the most remarkable English printmaker of his day, although he stands far apart from the mainstream. The main source of information on his life is an autobiography quoted in ...

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William Kent (bap. 1686, d. 1748) by William Aikman, c. 1723–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kent, William (bap. 1686, d. 1748), painter, architect, and designer of gardens and interior furnishings, was baptized William Cant in St Mary's Church, Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 1 January 1686, the son of William Cant and his wife, Esther Shimmings.

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Knox, Archibald (1864–1933), designer and watercolour painter, was born on 9 April 1864, the fourth son of the seven children of Robert William Knox, marine engineer, and his wife, Ann, at Cronkborne, Tromode, Braddan, Isle of Man. His parents came from Scotland to the ...