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Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer, is known to have been an embroiderer of ecclesiastical vestments directly commissioned by Henry III in the years 1239–44. Evidence for these commissions is to be found in the close and liberate rolls in a succession of payments for work in progress, for materials, or for work completed....

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Cave [married name Altof], Bertha (1881–1951), campaigner for opening the legal profession to women, was born at Park Lodge, Sundridge, Kent, on 14 November 1881, the daughter and elder of two children of James Thomas Cave (b. 1845), a domestic servant and later butler to ...

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Clein [Cleyn], Francis [formerly Franz Klein] (d. 1658), painter and tapestry designer, was born at Rostock in Germany, possibly the son of a goldsmith, Hans Klein. Apart from date of birth and parentage, Clein's life up to 1642–3, when details seem to have been obtained from ...

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Coronio [née Ionides], Aglaia (1834–1906), embroiderer, bookbinder, and art patron, was the second child and elder daughter of Alexander Ionides (1810–1890) and his wife, Euterpe, née Sgouta (b. 1816), who was described in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894) as 'so beautiful and stately and magnificently attired' (...

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Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer, is first recorded in 1606. His name does not appear in registers of admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, or the inns of court until 1619, when he was admitted to Gray's Inn. A memorial tablet in the church at ...

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Dean, Beryl (1911–2001), embroiderer, was born on 2 August 1911 at 70 Sandford Road, Bromley, Kent, the elder daughter of Herbert Charles Dean, stock and share dealer, and later financial adviser, and his wife, Marion, née Petter, a naturally gifted artist of Huguenot descent. ...

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Harrison, Edmund (bap. 1591, d. 1667), embroiderer, was born in London, the son of Christopher Harrison (d. 1611), merchant taylor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cook of Wakefield. He was baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 23 May 1591. From 1599 to 1604 he was a pupil at ...

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Howard [married name Parker], Constance Mildred (1910–2000), embroiderer and textile artist, was born on 8 December 1910 at 26 Albany Road, Abington, Northampton, the eldest among the three daughters of Arthur Howard, an elementary schoolmaster, and his wife and first cousin, Mildred Annie Abbott...

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Jane Morris (1839–1914) by unknown photographer, 1865 St Bride Printing Library

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Morris [née Burden], Jane (1839–1914), embroiderer and artist's model, was born in Oxford on 19 October 1839, the daughter of Robert Burden (d. 1865), a stablehand in Oxford, and his wife, Ann Maizey (d. 1871). Little is known of her childhood, but it was clearly one of poverty and deprivation....

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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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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), by Tom Pilston, 2004

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Smith, David (d. 1587), embroiderer and benefactor, is of unknown origins. Having been presumably apprenticed in the Broderers' Company of London, of which he became a prominent member, he joined the Elizabethan wardrobe establishment at Elizabeth's accession, sharing work with William Middleton: whereas ...

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Wright, Phoebe (1710s?–1778), embroiderer and designer, may have been, according to evidence from her will, the sister of Benjamin Holmes, hosier and glover of Bishopsgate Street Without in Spitalfields, London, and of Joseph Holmes, silk and gauze weaver of Milk Street, off ...

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Yeats, Susan Mary [Lily] (1866–1949), embroiderer, was born on 25 August 1866 at Enniscrone, co. Sligo, the second eldest of the four surviving children of John Butler Yeats (1839–1922), barrister, painter, and writer, and Susan Mary (1841–1900), eldest daughter of William Pollexfen, a merchant in ...

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Saifullah Arun (Sam) Zaman (known as State of Bengal) (1965–2015), by COCO

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Zaman, Saifullah Arun [Sam; known as State of Bengal] (1965–2015), music producer, composer, and teacher, was born on 17 April 1965 in Karachi, Pakistan, the eldest of five children of Mohammed Shah Zaman, a homeopathic doctor and diplomat, and his wife, ...