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Cobb, Gerald (1900–1986), antiquary and architectural historian, was born on 8 June 1900 at Ivy Lodge, Hamilton Road, Reading, one of four sons of Joseph William Cobb, a banker's clerk, and his wife, Florence Kate Arnold.

Cobb studied art in Reading at the ...

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Cox, John Charles (1843–1919), antiquary and ecclesiologist, was born on 29 March 1843 at Parwich, Derbyshire, the sixth of the seven children of Revd Edward Cox (1802–1869) and Anna Horsfall (1803/4–1888). He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1843 his father was vicar of ...

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Cubbon, William (1865–1955), antiquary and museum curator, was born at Orrestal, Rushen, Isle of Man, on 28 May 1865, the son of James Cubbon, fishing boat skipper, and his wife, Margaret Powell. He was educated at the boys' school, Rushen, and began work in the printing trade in 1880 as an apprentice compositor. He subsequently became a journalist, eventually becoming manager and editor of the ...

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Douglas, Sir William Fettes (1822–1891), painter, antiquary, and curator, was born in the parish of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1822, eldest son of Douglas James Douglas, accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Martha Brook, great-niece of Sir William Fettes, bt...

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Finch, Robert (1783–1830), antiquary and connoisseur of the arts, was born in London on 27 November 1783, the son of Thomas Finch (d. 1810), barrister of the Inner Temple and fellow of the Royal Society, and his wife, Mary (d. 1827)...

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Franks, Sir (Augustus) Wollaston (1826–1897), collector and museum keeper, was born at Geneva on 20 March 1826, the eldest of six children (two sons and four daughters) of Frederick Franks (1793/4–1844), naval officer, and his second wife, Frederica Anne (d. 1864), daughter of ...

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Sir (Augustus) Wollaston Franks (1826–1897) by Charles J. Praetorius, c. 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Greene (1716–1793) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Greene, Richard (1716–1793), antiquary and museum proprietor, was born at Lichfield and may have been educated at its grammar school; there is no record of his attendance at university. His brother, the Revd Joseph Greene (1712–1790), was headmaster of Stratford upon Avon grammar school...

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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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Hawkins, Edward (1780–1867), museum curator and numismatist, was born on 5 May 1780 at Macclesfield, the eldest son of Edward Hawkins, banker, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Brian Hodgson of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was educated at Macclesfield grammar school, and privately from 1797 to 1799 by ...

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Knight, Henry Gally (1786–1846), architectural writer and antiquary, was born on 2 December 1786, the only son of Henry Gally Knight (d. 1808) of Langold Hall, Yorkshire, barrister, and his wife, Selina, daughter of William Fitzherbert of Tissington, Derbyshire. His grandfather John Gally...

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Laking, Sir Guy Francis, second baronet (1875–1919), antiquary and museum curator, was born on 21 October 1875 at 5 Cleveland Road, Westminster, London, the only son of Sir Francis Henry Laking, baronet (1847–1914), physician-in-ordinary and surgeon apothecary to Queen Victoria and to her two successors on the throne, and physician to the royal household, and his first wife, ...

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Martin, Leopold Charles (1817–1889), costume historian and numismatist, was born on 6 December 1817, and was baptized on 7 January 1818 at St Mary Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the second son of John Martin (1789–1854), painter, and his wife, Susan. He was the godson of ...

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Wormald, Francis (1904–1972), palaeographer and art historian, was born at Dewsbury Mill in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 1 June 1904, shortly after his twin brother, John; their twin sisters, Ellen and Ann, were born in 1909. Their parents were Thomas Marmaduke Wormald JP (...