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Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (1904–1980), photographer and designer for screen and theatre, was born at 21 Langland Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 14 January 1904, the eldest of the two sons and two daughters of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), timber merchant, and his wife, ...

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Biggar [married name Montlake], Helen Manson (1909–1953), sculptor, film-maker, theatre designer, and political activist, was born on 25 May 1909 at Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow, the eldest of three daughters of Hugh and Florence Biggar. She grew up in a socialist household, her father being a Christian socialist and founder member of the ...

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Chappell, William Evelyn [Billy] (1907–1994), dancer and theatre designer, was born on 27 September 1907 in Wolverhampton, the only son of Archibald Chappell and his wife, Edith Eva Clara, née Blair-Staples. He was educated in Wolverhampton and Clapham, London, and at the Chelsea School of Art...

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Craig, Edward Anthony [Teddy] [pseud. Edward Carrick] (1905–1998), film and stage designer and artist, was born on 3 January 1905 in London, the third child and first son of (Edward Henry) Gordon Craig (1872–1966), the renowned theatrical designer, and Elena Fortuna Meo (1879–1957)...

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Craig, (Edward Henry) Gordon (1872–1966), theatre director and designer and wood-engraver, was born on 16 January 1872 in Railway Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the only son and second child of the architect and radical Edward William Godwin (1833–1886) and the actress Ellen Alice Terry (1847–1928)...

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Craven, Hawes (1837–1910), scene painter, was born Henry Hawes Craven Green on 3 July 1837 at Kirkgate, Leeds. His parents, James Green (d. 1881), a comedian, and Eliza Craven Green (1803–1866), an actress and, later, a poet, were performers on the York...

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Guthrie, Sir (William) Tyrone (1900–1971), director and theatre designer, was born on 2 July 1900 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, the elder child and only son of Thomas Clement Guthrie, doctor and surgeon, and his wife, Norah Emily Gorman Power. He had much theatrical blood in his veins, since his mother was the granddaughter of ...

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Herbert, Jocelyn (1917–2003), theatre and film designer, was born at 12 Hammersmith Terrace, Hammersmith, London, on 22 February 1917, the second of three daughters and second of the four children of Alan Patrick Herbert (1890–1971), author and politician, and his wife, Gwendolen Harriet...

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Hurry, Leslie George (1909–1978), painter and theatre designer, was born on 10 February 1909 at 53 High Street, St John's Wood, London, the third and last child of Alfred George Hurry (c.1880–1951/2), funeral director, and his wife, Edith Louise Perry, née...

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Jones, Inigo (1573–1652), architect and theatre designer, was born in London on 15 July 1573 and baptized on 29 July 1573 at St Bartholomew-the-Less, London, the eldest of the four surviving children of Inigo Jones (d. 1597), clothworker of the City of London...

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Lambert, George (1699/1700–1765), landscape and scene painter, is of unknown parentage. His birth date is computed from Vertue's note on him in September 1722 as 'a young hopefull Painter in Landskape aged 22 much in imitation of Wotton. Manner of Gasper Pousin', adding that he 'learnt of … ...

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Lancaster, Sir Osbert (1908–1986), cartoonist and designer, was born in London on 4 August 1908, the only child of Robert Lancaster (d. 1916) and his wife, Clare Bracebridge Manger. His grandfather, Sir William Lancaster, became secretary of the Prudential Assurance Company and his father had a job in the ...

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Motley (act. 1921–c. 1975), theatre designers, was the trade name of the team of three remarkable women, the sisters (Audrey) Sophia Harris [married name Devine] (1900–1966), Margaret Frances [Percy] Harris (1904–2000), and Elizabeth Alice Marjorie Montgomery [married name Wilmot]...

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Oman, Julia Trevelyan [married name Julia Trevelyan Strong, Lady Strong] (1930–2003), designer and gardener, was born on 11 July 1930 at 30 Abingdon Villas, Kensington, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Chichele Oman (1901–1982), silver historian and later keeper of the department of metalwork at the ...

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Piper, John Egerton Christmas (1903–1992), artist and designer, was born on 13 December 1903 at Alresford, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey, the youngest of the three sons of Charles Alfred Piper (1862–1927), solicitor, and his wife, Mary Ellen Mathews (1866/7–1957).

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Robertson, Walford Graham (1866–1948), painter and theatre designer, was born on 8 July 1866 in London, the only child of Graham Moore Robertson (1813–1884), a wealthy shipbuilder, and his wife, Marion Greatorex (d. 1907). Baptized Graham Walford, he reversed his names as a schoolboy, but was always known as ...