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Anderson, Alfred (1896–2005), joiner and soldier, was born on 25 June 1896 at 20 Kinloch Street, Dundee, the third son of Andrew Anderson (1864–1945) and his wife, Christina, née Emmerson (1868–1945). His parents had emigrated to Chicago, Illinois, and were married there in 1888. However, nostalgia for ...

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S. E. Fryer

revised by Clive D. Edwards

Bemrose, William (1831–1908), writer on wood-carving and ceramics, was born at Derby on 30 December 1831, the second son in a family of three sons and one daughter of William Bemrose of Derby, founder in 1827 of the printing and publishing firm of ...

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Buckett, Rowland (bap. 1571, d. 1639), decorative painter and joiner, the son of Mighell (or Michael) Buckett, a Dutch- or German-born cordwainer, was baptized at St Clement Danes, London, on 25 November 1571. Buckett became a prominent member of the Painter–Stainers' Company of ...

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Cadbury, Sir (George) Adrian Hayhurst (1929–2015), businessman, was born at The Davids, Hole Lane, Bournville, Birmingham, on 15 April 1929, the second of four sons and second of six children of Laurence John Cadbury (1889–1982), businessman, and his wife, ...

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Cadbury, Sir (George) Adrian Hayhurst (1929–2015), by Ben Smith, 2007

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Carter, Ronald Louis [Ron] (1926–2013), furniture designer, was born on 3 June 1926 at 87 Eastwood Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, the son of Harry Victor Carter (1889–1966), travelling salesman, and his wife, Ruth, née Allen, otherwise Allensen, dressmaker, both originally from Wales. Having shown early promise in craft, he went to ...

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Ronald Henry Day (1915–2010) by unknown photographer Design Council / University of Brighton Design Archives

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Day, Ronald Henry [Robin] (1915–2010), furniture designer, was born on 25 May 1915 at 43 Oxford Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, the second of four sons of Arthur Thomas Day, police constable, and his wife, Mary Ann, formerly Colgrove, née Shersby. His upbringing in the furniture-making town of ...

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John Flaxman (1755–1826) by George Romney, 1795 [, modelling the bust of William Hayley (1745-1820)] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Flaxman, John (1755–1826), sculptor, decorative designer, and illustrator, was born on 6 July 1755 in York, the second son of three children of John Flaxman (1726–1795), a minor sculptor and producer of plaster casts and models, and his first wife, formerly Miss Lee (...

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Gibbons, Grinling (1648–1721), woodcarver and sculptor, was born on 14 April 1648 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, one of four known children of James Gibbons (fl. 1637–1659), draper, and Elizabeth Grinling (fl. 1637–1659). Both his parents were English. James Gibbons had been admitted to the freedom of the ...

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Grinling Gibbons (1648–1721) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1690 The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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Harrison, Stephen (fl. 1604–1605), joiner and architect, was living at the sign of the Snayle, Lime Street, London, in 1604. In that year he published a slim folio volume of his designs for the seven Arches of Triumph erected for James I's passage through ...

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Pye, David William (1914–1993), woodworker and writer, was born on 18 November 1914 at 66 Glade Croft, Kingswood Road, Betchworth, Surrey, the second of two children of Edmund Burns Pye, wine merchant, and his wife, Gwendolen, daughter of the painter John Brett.

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G. C. Boase

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Rattee, James (1820–1855), woodcarver and mason, was born at Fundenhall, Norfolk. Of his parents, nothing is known. He was apprenticed to a carpenter and joiner of Norwich, named Ollett. He became interested in ecclesiastical art, frequenting the cathedral and other churches in the city and its neighbourhood; at his request his employer taught him carving, in which he soon demonstrated a remarkable skill. In 1842 he left ...

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Stephanie L. Barczewski

Ritson, Joseph (1752–1803), antiquary, was born on 2 October 1752 at Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, the son of Joseph Ritson sen. (d. 1778) and his wife, Jane, née Gibson (d. 1780). Ritson's ancestors were Westmorland peasantry who had lived near Hackthorpe and ...

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Joseph Ritson (1752–1803) by James Sayers, pubd 1803 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rogers, William Gibbs (1792–1875), woodcarver, was born at Dover on 10 August 1792. He showed an early aptitude for drawing and modelling, and was apprenticed by his parents in 1807 to David McLauchlan of Printing House Yard, London (afterwards master of the Shipwrights' Company...

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Robert Thompson (1876–1955) by unknown photographer, c. 1950 by kind permission of Robert Thompson's Craftsmen Ltd