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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Beryl Frances Cook (1926–2008) self–portrait, 1977 © Beryl Cook 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Cook Estate c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd, 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN

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Cook [née Lansley], Beryl Frances (1926–2008), painter, was born at Helmsley, Pooley Green Road, Egham, Surrey, on 10 September 1926, the third of four daughters of Adrian Stephen Barton Lansley, mechanical engineer, and his wife, Ella, née Farmer-Francis, an office worker. Her parents separated four years later, and ...

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Cottington [Cuddington], George (d. in or before 1648), artist, was possibly born in Somerset; further details of his parents and upbringing are unknown, although he was presumably apprenticed to a member of the Painter–Stainers' Company of London. He was probably already a member of the ...

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Lucian Michael Freud (1922–2011) by Lucian Freud, 1985 [Reflection (Self Portrait)] © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Art Library

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Freud, Lucian Michael (1922–2011), painter, was born on 8 December 1922 in the district of Lützow in Berlin, the second of three sons of Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970), architect (and youngest son of Sigmund Freud), and his wife, Lucie, née Brasch (1896–1989)...

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Gibb, Robert (1845–1932), historical genre and portrait painter, was born in a small cottage in James Street, Lauriston, near Falkirk, on 28 October 1845, the fifth son of David Gibb, journeyman joiner, and his wife, Christian, née Morrison. The landscape painter William Gibb (1839–1929)...

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Hole, William Fergusson Brassey (1846–1917), painter and etcher, was born in the close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 7 November 1846, the only child of Richard Brassey Hole (1818/19–1849), a physician, originally from Devon, who had studied in Edinburgh, where he married Anne Burn, née...

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Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932–2007) self-portrait, 1993–4 © estate of R. B. Kitaj / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kitaj, Ronald Brooks [Ron] (1932–2007), painter and essayist, was born Ronald Brooks Benway on 29 October 1932, in Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Sigmund Benway and his wife, Jeanne, née Brooks (d. 1995), a steel mill worker and teacher. His father was born in ...

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Sir George Reid (1841–1913) by William Edward Gray, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reid, Sir George (1841–1913), portrait painter, was born on 31 October 1841 in the house above his father's shop at 29 Queen Street, Aberdeen, the fourth of thirteen children and the third son of George Reid, blacksmith and ironmonger, and his wife, Esther, ...

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Souch, John (bap. 1594, d. 1645?), artist, was born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, and baptized in the town's church of Sts Peter and Paul on 3 February 1594, the son of James Souch (or Sutch), a draper from Ormskirk, and his wife, probably Margaret Mawdisley...

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Walker, George (1781–1856), artist, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, on 7 May 1781, the youngest son among the eleven children of William Walker (d. 1817), textile merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Hallowell. The family was originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, but probably in the mid-eighteenth century had moved to ...

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Sir (John) Kyffin Williams (1918–2006) by David Carpanini, 1987 © David Carpanini; by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales

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Williams, Sir (John) Kyffin (1918–2006), painter, was born on 9 May 1918 at Tanygraig, a house on the outskirts of Llangefni, Anglesey, the younger son of Henry Inglis Wynne Williams (1870–1942), bank manager, and his wife, Essyllt Mary, née Williams (1883–1964), daughter of ...