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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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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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Campbell [née Blood], Gertrude Elizabeth [Lady Colin Campbell] (1857–1911), art critic and journalist, was the second daughter and third of the four children of Edmond Maghlin Blood (1815–1891) of Brickhill, co. Clare, and his wife, Mary Anne (1814/15–1899), daughter of Thomas Fergusson...

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Eastlake [née Rigby], Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake (1809–1893), journalist and writer on art, was born in Norwich, Norfolk, on 17 November 1809, the third child and second daughter of Dr Edward Rigby (1747–1821), physician, and his second wife, Anne (1777–1872), daughter of William Palgrave...

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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Fry, Roger Eliot (1866–1934), art historian, critic, and painter, was born on 14 December 1866 at 6 The Grove, Highgate, Middlesex, the fifth of the nine children of Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918), judge, and his wife, Mariabella (1833–1930), daughter of John Hodgkin and his wife, ...

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Garland [née McHarg], Madge (1898–1990), fashion journalist and teacher, was born on 12 June 1898 in Melbourne, Australia, third child of Andrew McHarg, international shipper, and his wife, Henrietta Maria Aitkin. Brought up in St John's Wood in London, she was sent to the ...

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Gilpin, William (1724–1804), writer on art and headmaster, was born on 4 June 1724 at Scaleby Castle, near Carlisle, Cumberland, and baptized on 7 June, the son of Captain John Bernard Gilpin (1701–1776) and Matilda Langstaffe (1703–1773). His father was considered one of the best amateur painters of the time and included among his pupils ...

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Heron, Patrick (1920–1999), painter and art critic, was born at 12 Hollin Lane, Headingley, Leeds, on 30 January 1920, the eldest child in the family of three sons and a daughter of Thomas Milner Heron (1890–1983), textile and garment manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Holmes, Sir Charles John (1868–1936), landscape painter and art critic, was born at Preston on 11 November 1868, the elder son of Charles Rivington Holmes (d. 1873), vicar of St Michael's Church, Bromley by Bow, later vicar of Stratton, Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Jellett, Mary Harriett [Mainie] (1897–1944), painter and writer on art, was born on 20 April 1897 at 36 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, and baptized at St Anne's Church, Dawson Street, the eldest of the four daughters of William Morgan Jellett (1857–1936) and Janet McKensie Stokes (...

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Lindsay, Alexander William Crawford, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880), book collector and writer on art, was born at Muncaster Castle, Cumberland, on 16 October 1812. He was the eldest son of James Lindsay, twenty-fourth earl of Crawford and seventh earl of Balcarres...

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Mortimer, (Charles) Raymond Bell (1895–1980), writer on literature and art critic, was born at 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Knightsbridge, London, on 25 April 1895, the only child of Charles Edward Mortimer, a prosperous parliamentary solicitor of Devon stock, and his wife, (Marion) Josephine Cantrell...

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Oliver [née Patrick], Cordelia McIntyre (1924–2009), artist and art and theatre critic, was born at 101 Pollok Street, Glasgow, on 24 April 1924, the daughter of Robert Patrick, marine engineer, and his wife, Flora McCallum, née Matchett. She was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School...

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Palgrave, Francis Turner [Frank] (1824–1897), anthologist and art critic, was born on 28 September 1824 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the house of his maternal grandparents, Dawson Turner, a banker, and Mary Turner, née Palgrave. He was the eldest of the four sons of ...

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Robertson, Bryan Charles Francis (1925–2002), art critic and art gallery director, was born on 1 April 1925 at 517A Harrow Road, Paddington, London, the youngest of the three children of Albert Francis Robertson, a caterer's manager, and his wife, Ellen Dorothy, née Black...

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Robinson, Henry Peach (1830–1901), photographer and writer on photography, was born at Linney, Ludlow, Shropshire, on 9 July 1830, the first of the four children of John Robinson (1806–1855), master of the national school of the Church of England in Ludlow, and his wife, ...

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...

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Ruskin, John (1819–1900), art critic and social critic, was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, London, the only child of John James Ruskin (1785–1864), a sherry importer, and Margaret Cox, formerly Cock (1781–1871), the daughter of a Croydon...

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Smithson, Peter Denham (1923–2003), architect, writer, and teacher, was born on 18 September 1923 at 14 Lambton Road, Stockton-on-Tees, the only child of William Blenkiron Smithson (1888–1972), commercial traveller in drapery, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Denham. He studied at the grammar school in ...