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Aglionby, William (1641–1705), diplomat and writer on art, was born in the summer of 1641, the second son of George Aglionby (d. 1643), who died shortly after being appointed dean of Canterbury by Charles I, and his wife, Sibilla Smith. George had previously been employed by the ...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Mark Pottle

Anderson, William (1842–1900), anatomist and writer on art, was born on 18 December 1842 in London at the Eldon Arms, Queen Square, the son of William Henry Anderson, licensed victualler, and his wife, Ann, formerly Cattel. After attending the City of London School...

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(Arthur) Clive Heward Bell (1881–1964) by Roger Fry, c. 1924 © Estate of Roger Fry; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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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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Bodkin, Thomas Patrick (1887–1961), museum director and art critic, was born in Dublin on 21 July 1887, the eldest of the family of two sons and four daughters of Matthias McDonnell Bodkin, a journalist who was later county court judge of Clare and MP for ...

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Boyne, (Donald Arthur) Colin Aydon (1921–2006), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 15 February 1921 at Holnest, Farway, Honiton, Devon, the only child of Captain Lytton Leonard Boyne (b. 1887), formerly of the 3rd Royal Sussex regiment, and his wife, Millicent, ...

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Brock, Alan Francis Clutton- (1904–1976), art critic, was born in Weybridge, Surrey, on 8 October 1904, the son of Arthur Clutton-Brock (1868–1924) and his wife, Evelyn Alice Vernon-Harcourt. His father was a barrister who forsook law to write on art and literature, regularly contributing articles to ...

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Baynbrigg Buckeridge (1667/88–1733) by Michael Dahl, 1696 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buckeridge, Baynbrigg (1667/8–1733), writer on art, was the eldest of five children (two sons and three daughters) of Nicholas Buckeridge (b. c.1625, d. c.1690) of Northaw, Hertfordshire, and St Christopher-le-Stocks, London, and his wife, Sarah, née Baynbrigg, of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London...

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W. C. Monkhouse

revised by Jennifer Melville

Burnet, John (1784–1868), painter, engraver, and writer on art, was born in Musselburgh, Edinburghshire, on 20 March 1784, the elder son of George Burnet, surveyor-general of excise for Scotland, and his wife, Anne Cruikshank. His younger brother was the landscape artist James M. Burnet...

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C. H. Sykes

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Byron, Robert (1905–1941), traveller and writer on art, was born at Wembley, London, on 26 February 1905, the only son among three children of Eric Byron, civil engineer, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Robinson, of Southall Manor, Middlesex. He was educated at ...

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Carey, William Paulet (1759–1839), art critic and dealer, was born in Redmond's Hill, Dublin, the son of Christopher Carey, a baker. He was the brother of John and Mathew Carey. He studied drawing at the school of the Royal Dublin Society, and became an engraver. From 1786 ...

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Cooper, Emmanuel (1938–2012), potter, writer on craft and the arts, and advocate of gay rights, was born on 12 December 1938 at 10 Market Place, Pilsley, a coalmining village in Derbyshire, the fourth of five children (three boys and two girls) of Fred Cooper (1904–1960)...

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Cumberland, George (1754–1848), writer on art and watercolour painter, was born in London on 27 November 1754, the younger son of the four children of George Cumberland (d. 1771) and his wife, Elizabeth Balchen. In 1769 he became a clerk in the ...

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Ernest Radford

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Dafforne, James (1803/4–1880), writer on art, joined the staff of the Art Union (later the Art Journal) in 1845, and contributed to its pages for thirty-five years, until his death. His many books are mainly collections of articles which first appeared in the journal, containing pictures and a biographical sketch of the painter. The first to be published was ...

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Daintrey, Adrian Maurice (1902–1988), artist and art critic, was born on 23 June 1902 at Foulsa Road, Balham, London, the youngest of the three children of Ernest Daintrey, solicitor, and his wife, Lucy Mary Blagdon. His talent for drawing was the only distinction to emerge from his schooldays at ...

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Dewhurst, Wynford (1864–1941), artist and writer on art, was born in Manchester on 26 January 1864. He was educated by a private tutor and subsequently at Mintholme College. Although originally destined for the legal profession, he showed an early artistic flair, contributing pen drawings and descriptive articles to journals in ...

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Dunphie, Charles James [pseuds. Melopoyn, Rambler] (1820–1908), art critic and writer, was born at Rathdowney House, Rathdowney, Queen's county, Ireland, on 4 November 1820, the elder son of Michael Dunphy, merchant, and his wife, Kate Woodroffe. Dunphie was admitted to Trinity College, Dublin...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Eagles, John (1783–1855), art critic and poet, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 8 November 1783 in the parish of St Augustine, the second of the two children, and only son, of Thomas Eagles (bap. 1746, d. 1812), merchant and classical scholar, and his wife, ...