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Barker, Benjamin (1776–1838), landscape painter and drawing-master, was the son of Benjamin Barker (c.1720–1793), a former solicitor and minor artist, and his wife, Anne, and the younger brother of the painter Thomas Barker (1767–1847), known as Barker of Bath. In the late 1770s the family moved from ...

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Baynes, James (1766–1837), watercolour painter and drawing-master, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, in April 1766. According to Samuel Redgrave, his education was paid for by a friend, but this assistance apparently ceased on his marriage. A pupil of George Romney, he entered the ...

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Bellaigue de Bughas, Sir Geoffrey de (1931–2013), art historian and curator, was born on 12 March 1931 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, the son of Vicomte Pierre de Bellaigue de Bughas (1902–1995), mining engineer, and his wife, Marie-Antoinette Gertrude (Toinon) Willemin (1904–1996), who was French governess to princesses ...

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Bilson, John (1856–1943), architect and architectural historian, was born on 23 September 1856 at Crown Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son of John Bilson (1828/9–1892), maltings clerk, and his wife, Eliza Ann, née Mayston (1827–1910). He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and was placed fifth nationally in the honours division for matriculation for the ...

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Blunt, Wilfrid Jasper Walter (1901–1987), teacher of art and writer, was born on 19 July 1901 at the vicarage, Ham (near Richmond, Surrey), the eldest of the three sons of the Revd (Arthur) Stanley Vaughan Blunt (1870–1929) and his wife, Hilda Violet Master (1880–1969)...

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Bradshaw, Percy Venner [P. V. B.] (1877–1965), illustrator and art teacher, was born at 10 Mountford Road, Hackney, London, on 27 November 1877, the son of William Bradshaw, a warehouseman who later worked as a commercial traveller for a hosiery company, and his wife, ...

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Brooker [née Beacon], Daphne Elizabeth (1927–2012), model and fashion teacher, was born on 8 June 1927 at the Ormond Maternity Home, 29 Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Beacon, chauffeur, and his wife, Mabel Elizabeth, née...

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Burchett, Richard (1815–1875), painter and art teacher, was born on 30 January 1815 in Brighton, Sussex. He was educated at the London Mechanics' Institution before entering the Government School of Design in Somerset House, set up in 1837 to train designers for industry. In 1845 he led a group of students who complained to the ...

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Callow, John (1822–1878), marine painter and drawing-master, was born on 19 July 1822 in St Pancras, London, son of Robert Callow (b. 1786), a London carpenter, and his wife, Elizabeth, both of whom died in 1848. His childhood ambition was to be a sailor but in 1835 his elder brother ...

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Francis Stephen Cary (1808–1880) by James Hayllar, 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cary, Francis Stephen (1808–1880), painter and art teacher, was born at Kingsbury, Warwickshire, on 10 May 1808, the son of the Revd Henry Francis Cary (1772–1844), translator of Dante, and his wife, Jane (1777–1832), daughter of James Ormsby of Sandymount, near Dublin. In 1810 he moved with his family to ...

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Christie, Alexander (1807–1860), painter and art teacher, was born in Edinburgh, the son of David Christie; his paternal great-uncle was the schoolmaster and grammarian Hugh Christie (1710–1774). Christie attended the Edinburgh Academy, and, with the intention of becoming a lawyer, enrolled at Edinburgh University...

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Reginald George Vicat Cole (1870–1940) by John Byam Shaw, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cole, Reginald George Vicat [Rex] (1870–1940), landscape painter and art teacher, was born on 22 February 1870 in Kensington, London, the only son and youngest of the four children of George Vicat Cole (1833–1893) and Mary Ann Chignell (d. 1915), daughter of a ...

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Cope, Sir Arthur Stockdale (1857–1940), art educator and portrait painter, was born at 19 Hyde Park Gate, South Kensington, London, on 2 November 1857, the third son of the successful genre artist Charles West Cope, famed for his historical frescoes in the House of Lords...

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Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope (1857–1940), by H. Walkter Barnett, 1900–1920

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Drury, (Alfred) Paul Dalou (1903–1987), artist and teacher of art, was born on 14 October 1903 at Crescent Lodge, 2 Tressillian Crescent, Brockley, in south-east London, the elder of the two sons of (Edward) Alfred Briscoe Drury RA (1856–1944), sculptor and painter, and ...

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Eckersley, Thomas [Tom] (1914–1997), poster artist and design teacher, was born on 30 September 1914, in Newton-le-Willows, and baptized at Lowton, Lancashire, the younger son of John Eckersley (1886–1950), Methodist minister, and his wife, Eunice Hilton (1888–1958). He was educated at Lord's College, Bolton...

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Egerton [née Attiwill], Judith Emilie [Judy] (1928–2012), art historian and curator, was born on 7 August 1928 in Melbourne, Australia, the third daughter and third of five children of Keith Attiwill (1899–1975), journalist, and his wife, Jean, née Muecke. She was educated at ...