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Aglionby, William (1641–1705), diplomat and writer on art, was born in the summer of 1641, the second son of George Aglionby (d. 1643), who died shortly after being appointed dean of Canterbury by Charles I, and his wife, Sibilla Smith. George had previously been employed by the ...

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Bemrose, William (1831–1908), writer on wood-carving and ceramics, was born at Derby on 30 December 1831, the second son in a family of three sons and one daughter of William Bemrose of Derby, founder in 1827 of the printing and publishing firm of ...

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Roger Eliot Fry (1866–1934) self-portrait, 1930-34 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fry, Roger Eliot (1866–1934), art historian, critic, and painter, was born on 14 December 1866 at 6 The Grove, Highgate, Middlesex, the fifth of the nine children of Sir Edward Fry (1827–1918), judge, and his wife, Mariabella (1833–1930), daughter of John Hodgkin and his wife, ...

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Lynton, Norbert Casper (1927–2007), art historian and critic, was born on 22 September 1927 in Berlin, the son of Paul Loewenstein Basevi von Truenberg, a musicologist who worked for the family's retail business, Hirsch Brothers, and his wife, Amalie Christiane (Mally), née Lippert...

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Reade, Brian Edmund (1913–1989), art historian and critic, was born on 13 January 1913 at Holwood, 42 Trumlands Road, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, the second child and only son of Thomas Glover Reade (1870–1952) and Susan Mary (1873–1960), daughter of the Hon. William King...

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Russell, John (1919–2008), art critic, was born on 22 January 1919 at Lochiel, Connaught Road, Fleet, Hampshire, the son of Violet Russell. His father was not named on his birth certificate. He was brought up by his grandparents, Isaac James Russell and Harriet Elizabeth, ...

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Frederic George Stephens (1827–1907) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1853 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephens, Frederic George (1827–1907), art critic and art historian, born on 10 October 1827, was the son of Septimus Stephens of Aberdeen and the grandson of Octavius Stephens of Dublin; his mother was possibly named Ann Cooke. Stephens's father was an official at the ...

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(Anthony) David Bernard Sylvester (1924–2001) by Larry Rivers, 1962 © Estate of Larry Rivers / DACS, London / VAGA, New York 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sylvester, (Anthony) David Bernard (1924–2001), art critic and exhibition curator, was born in Hackney, London, on 21 September 1924, the son of Philip Silvester, later Sylvester, businessman, and his wife, Sybil, née Rosen. Both parents were of Jewish descent. At the time of his birth his father was in the fish trade, but he later joined the family's antiques and silver business in ...