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Clein [Cleyn], Francis [formerly Franz Klein] (d. 1658), painter and tapestry designer, was born at Rostock in Germany, possibly the son of a goldsmith, Hans Klein. Apart from date of birth and parentage, Clein's life up to 1642–3, when details seem to have been obtained from ...

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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer, is first recorded in 1606. His name does not appear in registers of admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, or the inns of court until 1619, when he was admitted to Gray's Inn. A memorial tablet in the church at ...

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Fox, Frederick Donald (1931–2013), milliner, was born on 2 April 1931 in Urana, a small farming community near Jerilderie, New South Wales, in the Australian outback, the ninth of ten children of Lesley James Fox, barber and tobacconist, and his wife, Ruby Mansfield, ...

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Garner, Thomas (1839–1906), architect and designer, was born at Wasperton Hill, Wasperton, Warwickshire, on 12 August 1839, the son of Thomas Garner (1795–1880), farmer, and his wife, Louisa Savage (b. c.1815). Brought up in country surroundings, he acquired as a boy a love of riding and a knowledge of horsemanship which he retained through life. In 1856, at the age of seventeen, he entered as a pupil the office of ...

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Harrison, Edmund (bap. 1591, d. 1667), embroiderer, was born in London, the son of Christopher Harrison (d. 1611), merchant taylor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cook of Wakefield. He was baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 23 May 1591. From 1599 to 1604 he was 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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Owen Jones (1809–1874) by Henry Wyndham Phillips, 1856 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Jones, Owen (1809–1874), architect, printer, and designer, was born on 15 February 1809 at 148 Thames Street, London, the second of the three children of Owen Jones (1741–1814) and his wife, Hannah Jane (1772/3–1838). His father was a furrier and a distinguished Welsh antiquary. ...

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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 ...

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Marillier, Henry Currie (1865–1951), writer and expert on tapestries, was born at Grahamstown, Cape Colony, on 2 July 1865, the eldest child and only son of Captain Charles Henry Marillier (d. 1875) of the Cape mounted rifles. His mother, Margaret, daughter of ...

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William Morris (1834–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...

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Smart, George (1775/6–1846), tailor and textile artist, was famously associated with the village of Frant in Sussex, near Tunbridge Wells, living there most of his life and often being referred to as ‘the tailor of Frant’. The George Smart who was buried in ...

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Smith, David (d. 1587), embroiderer and benefactor, is of unknown origins. Having been presumably apprenticed in the Broderers' Company of London, of which he became a prominent member, he joined the Elizabethan wardrobe establishment at Elizabeth's accession, sharing work with William Middleton: whereas ...