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Sir (Edwin) Hardy Amies (1909–2003) by Brian Griffin, 1976 © Brian Griffin; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Amies, Sir (Edwin) Hardy (1909–2003), dressmaker and fashion designer, was born on 17 July 1909 at 70 Delaware Mansions, Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Herbert William Amies, a surveyor for London county council...

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Benney, (Adrian) Gerald Sallis (1930–2008), goldsmith and silversmith, was born at 56 Westbourne Avenue, Sculcoates, Hull, on 21 April 1930, the younger son of Ernest Alfred Sallis Benney (1894–1966), an artist and designer who was then principal of the City of Hull College of Arts and Crafts...

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Leigh Bowery (1961–1994) by Lucian Freud, 1991 © Lucian Freud / Tate, London, 2004

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Bowery, Leigh (1961–1994), designer and performance artist, was born in Sunshine, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on 26 March 1961, the son of Tom Bowery, accountant, and his wife, Evelyn (d. 1994). Born into a middle-class family, he was an intelligent and confident boy who excelled at school and achieved grade 8 at piano. Highly creative, he learned to knit and crochet at a young age and went on to study fashion at the ...

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Bridge, John (1755–1834), jeweller, was born in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, on 21 January 1755, the eldest son of Thomas Bridge (d. 1792) and his wife, Mary (d. 1779). Following in the footsteps of his future partner, Philip Rundell, he was apprenticed in 1769 to the jeweller ...

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Brown, William (1748–1825), gem-engraver, was trained in London, but of his origins and family circumstances nothing is known. He suffered an early set-back in his career when, aged fourteen, he competed for a Royal Society of Arts drawing prize but, with four others, was disqualified for cheating; he was consequently ruled ineligible when he tried for the premium for intaglio-engraving in 1763. Nevertheless, in 1766 he began exhibiting engraved gems annually, first at the ...

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Burch, Edward (bap. 1730, d. 1814), gem-engraver, son of Andrew Burch and his wife, Hannah Roberts, was baptized on 30 October 1730 at St Botolph, Aldgate, in the East End of London. Originally a Thames waterman, he felt drawn towards the arts and taught himself seal engraving. On 7 November 1752 he married ...

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Burchett, George (1872–1953), tattoo artist, was born George Burchett Davis at 9 Toronto Terrace, Brighton, Sussex, on 23 August 1872, the eldest son in the family of twelve children of George Burchett Davis (1849/50–1923), a journeyman french polisher who became a picture frame maker and later a shopkeeper, antiques dealer, and amateur artist in the ...

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George Burchett (1872–1953) by Brian Seed, 1951 © Brian Seed / The LIFE Images Collection / Getty Images

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Carter, John (1815–1850), silk weaver and draughtsman, was born in Coggeshall, Essex, on 31 July 1815, the son of a labourer. After attending the local school he went to a charity school for two years, from 1828. Although he showed signs of artistic talent, his social circumstances prevented him from developing his gifts. He was subsequently apprenticed to ...

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Raymond Clark (1942–1996) by David Hockney, 1970–71 [Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy] © David Hockney / Tate, London, 2004

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Clark, Raymond [Ossie] (1942–1996), fashion designer, was born on 9 June 1942 at 107 Rice Lane, Walton Park, Liverpool, the youngest of the six children of Samuel Duncan Clark, a storesman in the Royal Navy victualling department, and his wife, Ann Grace Williams...

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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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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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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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Creed, Charles Southey (1909–1966), couturier, was born on 25 May 1909 at 29 rue Singer, Paris, the third son and sixth child of Henry Creed (b. 1863), tailor, and his wife, Aimée Nathalie Josephe, née Landrin (d. 1917). The tailoring house of ...