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Angerstein, John Julius (c. 1732–1823), insurance broker and connoisseur of art, was of Russian extraction, though his precise origins are obscure. According to family tradition he took his surname from the German doctor who delivered him, and his parents were the Empress Anne...

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Backwell, Edward (c. 1619–1683), goldsmith and banker, the son of Barnaby Backwell of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, a yeoman, was apprenticed in 1635 to Thomas Vyner, a leading goldsmith. He became free of the Goldsmiths' Company in 1651, of which he was to be prime warden in 1660....

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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Child, Sir Francis, the elder (1641/2–1713), goldsmith and banker, was baptized on 14 December 1642, the sixth son of Robert Child, clothier of Heddington, near Devizes, Wiltshire, and his wife, Jane. He had eight brothers and two sisters. On 6 March 1657 Child...

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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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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector, was born Abraham Bernstein at 6 St Mark's Terrace, Dalston, London, on 16 May 1913, the eighth child of Lazarus Bernstein and his wife, Bela (Betsy), née Feldman, Polish Jewish immigrants who had settled in ...

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Gould, Sir Francis Carruthers (1844–1925), cartoonist and stockbroker, was born at Barnstaple, Devon, on 2 December 1844, the second son of Richard Davie Gould (1816/17–1900), architect, and his wife, Judith Carruthers, daughter of William Ford. Educated first at Mr Sharland's school and then at ...

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Hoare, Henry (1705–1785), banker and patron of art, was born on 7 July 1705, the eldest son of Henry Hoare (1677–1725), banker, and his wife, Jane (d. 1741), daughter of Sir William Benson of Bromley. His grandfather, Sir Richard Hoare (1648–1719), was the founder of ...

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Myddelton [Middleton], Sir Hugh, baronet (1556x60?–1631), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born probably between 1555 and 1560 at Galch Hill in the parish of Henllan, Denbighshire, north Wales. He was the sixth son of the nine sons and seven daughters of Richard Myddelton (...

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in Bombay, India, on 24 January 1936, the third child of Kadherbhoy Ebrahimjee (d. c. 1943), sweet maker, and his wife, Bilkis Safiabi Kaderbhai Mithaiwalla, née Shirazi, an Iranian. He adopted the nickname ...

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Sainsbury, Sir Robert James (1906–2000), businessman and patron of the arts, was born on 24 October 1906 at Waverley, 33 Eton Avenue, Hampstead, London, the second son and the youngest of the three children of John Benjamin Sainsbury (1871–1956) [see under Sainsbury family...

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Vyner [Viner], Sir Thomas, first baronet (1588–1665), goldsmith and banker, was born on 15 December 1588 at North Cerney in Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Vyner, of a Warwickshire family, and his second wife, Anne. The younger Thomas was apprenticed in London, first to his half-sister's husband, ...