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W. C. Monkhouse

revised by Arianne Burnette

Aggas, Robert (c. 1620–c. 1682), landscape and scene painter, was the son of Samuel Agas of St Andrew's parish, Holborn. The family was originally from Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk. Samuel Agas was the son of Edward Aggas, a bookseller and printer, and relative of ...

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Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904–1980) by Dorothy Wilding, 1937 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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W. J. Lawrence

revised by C. D. Watkinson

Beverly, William Roxby (1810?–1889), scene-painter, was born at Richmond, Surrey, probably in 1810, the youngest son of William Beverly or Beverley (1764/5–1842) and his wife, Mary (1775/6–1851). The elder Beverly, a well-known actor–manager, had abandoned his own surname of Roxby on taking to the boards, to distinguish himself from his uncle ...

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Bury, John (1925–2000), theatre designer, was born on 27 January 1925 at a nursing home in Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, the only son of Charles Rugeley Bury (1890–1968), an industrial and academic chemist, and his wife, Emily Frances Margaret Adams, a botanist. He had a happy childhood, and was encouraged by his parents to take an interest in many subjects. He was educated at ...

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Christmas family (per. c. 1610–c. 1640), sculptors, woodcarvers, and pageant artificers, were active in London. Gerard Christmas (bap. 1576, d. 1634) was born into a family that lived on the eastern edge of the City of London and may have come from ...

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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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(Edward Henry) Gordon Craig (1872–1966) by George Charles Beresford, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Greenwood, Thomas (bap. 1752?, d. 1797), scene-painter, is believed to be the son of the engraver John Greenwood (1729–1768), who may have come to London from Yorkshire where there was a thriving branch of the family. Thomas Greenwood was not, however, related to the American-born painter ...

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Harker, Joseph Cunningham (1855–1927), scene painter and theatrical designer, was born on 17 October 1855 in Levenshulme, Lancashire, the third of the three children of William Harker and his wife, Maria O'Connor. When Harker was three years old, his father, a well-known character actor in ...

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Leslie George Hurry (1909–1978) self-portrait, 1944 by courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London / © reserved

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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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Inigo Jones (1573–1652) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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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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George Lambert (1699/17001700–1765) by John Faber junior, 1727 (after John Vanderbank) © National Portrait Gallery, 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...

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L. H. Cust

revised by Ralph Hyde

Marshall, Charles (1806–1890), scene-painter, was born on 31 December 1806 at 1 Cumberland Street, St Pancras, London, and baptized in St Pancras on 24 May 1807, the son of Nathan Marshall, butcher (d. 1848), and his wife, Mary, née Randall (d...