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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Beckford, William Thomas (1760–1844), writer and art collector, was born on 29 September 1760 at one of his father's houses, in Westminster or Fonthill, Wiltshire, and baptized at Fonthill on 6 January 1761, the only legitimate son of William Beckford (bap. 1709, d. 1770)...

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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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Bevan [née Ackenhausen], Natalie Alice (1909–2007), artist, muse, and collector, was born on 22 May 1909 at 2 Pembroke Cottages, Edwardes Square, London, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Kurt Bernhard Heinrich Carl Ackenhausen (1878/9–1954) and his wife, Alice Katherine Inchbold, ...

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Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753), architect, collector, and patron of the arts, was born on 25 April 1694 at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, the only son of Charles Boyle, second earl of Burlington and third earl of Cork...

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Carmichael, Thomas David Gibson, Baron Carmichael (1859–1926), administrator in India and art collector, was born at Castlecraig, near Edinburgh, on 18 March 1859, the eldest son of the Revd Sir William Henry Gibson Carmichael, tenth baronet (1827–1891), and his wife, Eleanora Anne (...

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Cartwright, William (1606–1686), actor and art collector, was born at the end of December 1606, the son of William Cartwright, actor, and was baptized at St Mary Magdalen, Old Fish Street, London, on 1 January 1607. The elder Cartwright was playing for the ...

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Clayton, John (1792–1890), civic leader and antiquary, was born on 10 June 1792 at Newcastle upon Tyne, the fourth child and third son of Nathaniel Clayton (1760–1832), town clerk and solicitor, and his wife, Dorothy, née Atkinson (1764–1827), daughter of George and Bridget Atkinson...

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Coke, Thomas, earl of Leicester (1697–1759), politician, architect, and art collector, was born on 17 June 1697, the eldest of the five children of Edward Coke (1676/8–1707), landowner, and his wife, Carey (1680–1707), the daughter of Sir John Newton, third baronet, of Barr's Court, Gloucestershire...

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Conway, Richard Seymour-, fourth marquess of Hertford (1800–1870), art collector, was born in London on 22 February 1800, the eldest son of Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, earl of Yarmouth and later third marquess of Hertford (1777–1842), courtier [see under Conway, Francis Ingram-Seymour, second marquess of Hertford...

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Cosway, Richard (bap. 1742, d. 1821), artist and collector, was baptized in the parish church of Oakford, near Tiverton, Devon, on 5 November 1742, shortly after his birth, the exact date of which is not known. His parents were named as Richard and ...

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Cowper, George Nassau Clavering, third Earl Cowper (1738–1789), art collector and patron, was born on 26 August 1738 and baptized on 17 September at St George's, Hanover Square, London. He was the only son and second child of William, second Earl Cowper (1709–1764)...

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Fitzwilliam, Richard, seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745–1816), benefactor and musical antiquary, was born on 1 August 1745 at Richmond, Surrey, the eldest son of Richard Fitzwilliam, sixth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (d. 1776), and Catherine (c.1710–1786), eldest daughter and coheir of the Dutch-born merchant and political economist ...

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Fortnum, Charles Drury Edward (1820–1899), art collector and art historian, was born on 2 March 1820 in Holloway, London, the son of Charles Fortnum (1770–1860), merchant, and his second wife, Laetitia Stephens (1782–1853), widow of Lieutenant Robert Basden RN (d. 1810). He was baptized ...

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Gardiner, Margaret Emilia (1904–2005), patron of the arts, was born on 22 April 1904 in Berlin, the only daughter and second of the three children of Sir Alan Henderson Gardiner (1879–1963), Egyptologist, and his wife, Hedwig (Heddie), née von Rosen (d. 1964)...

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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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Granger, James (bap. 1723, d. 1776), print collector and biographer, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptized there at St James's on 31 March 1723, the son of William Granger and Elizabeth Tutt, who had married in 1717. Nothing is known of Granger's...

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Guise, John (1682/3–1765), army officer and art collector, was the son of William Guise (bap. 1652, d. 1683) of Ablode Court, Sandhurst, Gloucestershire (where John was born), professor of oriental languages at Oxford, and his wife, Frances, the daughter and coheir of George Southcote...

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Hamilton, Sir William (1731–1803), diplomatist and art collector, was born, according to the baptismal register, on 12 January 1731, either in London or at Park Place, a family residence near Remenham, Berkshire. He was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 27 January, the fourth and youngest son of ...

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Howard, Aletheia [née Talbot], countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654), patron and collector of art, was born after 1582, the youngest of five children of Gilbert Talbot, ...