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Courtauld, Samuel (1876–1947), industrialist and patron of the arts, was born at Bocking, Essex, on 7 May 1876, the second son of Sydney Courtauld, a silk manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Lucy, the daughter of William Sharp. The Courtaulds had arrived in England...

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Samuel Courtauld (1876–1947) by Fayer, mid-1930s © reserved; unknown collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Drewe [formerly Drew], Julius Charles (1856–1931), retailer and architectural patron, was born on 4 April 1856 at Pulloxhill vicarage, Pulloxhill, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, the sixth child in a family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd George Smith Drew (d. 1880)...

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1790 at 6 Calle de Cantarranas, Madrid, Spain, the second son of Antony Gibbs (1756–1815), merchant, and his wife, Dorothea Barnetta, née Hucks (1760–1820). The judge and politician Sir Vicary Gibbs...

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William Gibbs (1790–1875) by unknown photographer, 1862–3 © reserved

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Harding, (Thomas) Walter (1843–1927), pin manufacturer and civic art patron, was born in Lille, France, on 22 January 1843, the only son and second of four children of Thomas Richards Harding (1812–1895), manufacturer, of Leeds, Yorkshire, and Doddington, Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Sarah Ann Cocker (1814–1888)...