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Louisa Caroline Baring, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903) by Carlo, Baron Marochetti, 1861 property of the Marquess of Northampton; Beedle & Cooper

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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Benson, Robert Henry [Robin] (1850–1929), merchant banker and art collector, was born on 24 September 1850 at Fairfield House, Fairfield, near Manchester, the eldest of three children of Robert Benson (1814–1875), merchant banker, and his wife, Eleanor (1824–1883), daughter of Vice-Admiral Constantine Moorsom...

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Bernal, Ralph (1783–1854), politician and art collector, was born at Colchester, Essex, on 2 October 1783, into a Sephardic Jewish family of Spanish descent, though he was not brought up in the Jewish faith, and was baptized at St Olave's, Hart Street, London...

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Natalie Alice Bevan (1909–2007) by Mark Gertler, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bevan [née Ackenhausen], Natalie Alice (1909–2007), artist, muse, and collector, was born on 22 May 1909 at 2 Pembroke Cottages, Edwardes Square, London, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Kurt Bernhard Heinrich Carl Ackenhausen (1878/9–1954) and his wife, Alice Katherine Inchbold, ...

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Bowes, John (1811–1885), coal industrialist and art collector, was born at 13 South Street, Chelsea, London, on 19 June 1811, the illegitimate son of John Bowes, tenth earl of Strathmore (1769–1820), and Mary (1787–1860), the daughter of George and Ann Milner of Stainton, co. Durham...

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Richard Boyle, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753) by Jonathan Richardson the elder, c. 1717–19 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753), architect, collector, and patron of the arts, was born on 25 April 1694 at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, the only son of Charles Boyle, second earl of Burlington and third earl of Cork...

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Thomas David Gibson Carmichael, Baron Carmichael (1859–1926) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carmichael, Thomas David Gibson, Baron Carmichael (1859–1926), administrator in India and art collector, was born at Castlecraig, near Edinburgh, on 18 March 1859, the eldest son of the Revd Sir William Henry Gibson Carmichael, tenth baronet (1827–1891), and his wife, Eleanora Anne (...

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Cavendish, William, second duke of Devonshire (1670/71–1729), politician and art collector, was the second but first surviving son of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire (1641–1707), and Mary (1646–1710), second daughter of James Butler, first duke of Ormond. Following his father's accession to the ...

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Thomas Coke, earl of Leicester (1697–1759) by Francesco Trevisani, 1717 © Collection of the Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, Norfolk / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Coke, Thomas, earl of Leicester (1697–1759), politician, architect, and art collector, was born on 17 June 1697, the eldest of the five children of Edward Coke (1676/8–1707), landowner, and his wife, Carey (1680–1707), the daughter of Sir John Newton, third baronet, of Barr's Court, Gloucestershire...

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Richard Seymour- Conway, fourth marquess of Hertford (1800–1870) by Carjat & Co., c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Conway, Richard Seymour-, fourth marquess of Hertford (1800–1870), art collector, was born in London on 22 February 1800, the eldest son of Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, earl of Yarmouth and later third marquess of Hertford (1777–1842), courtier [see under Conway, Francis Ingram-Seymour, second marquess of Hertford...

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Cook, Sir Francis, first baronet (1817–1901), merchant and art collector, was born at Clapham, Surrey, on 3 January 1817, the second son of the seven children of William Cook (1784–1869) of Roydon Hall, Kent, and his wife, Mary Ann (d. 1862), the daughter of ...

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Richard Cosway (bap. 1742, d. 1821) self-portrait, c. 1790 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cosway, Richard (bap. 1742, d. 1821), artist and collector, was baptized in the parish church of Oakford, near Tiverton, Devon, on 5 November 1742, shortly after his birth, the exact date of which is not known. His parents were named as Richard and ...

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Cracherode, Clayton Mordaunt (1730–1799), collector of books and prints, was born at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, on 23 June 1730, the only son of Mordaunt Cracherode (d. 1773), landowner and colonel of marines, who in 1740–44 sailed round the world with George Anson, and ...