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Beazley, Samuel (1786–1851), architect and playwright, was born in Parliament Street, Westminster, the son of an army accoutrement maker. He trained in the office of his uncle Charles Beazley (c.1760–1829) and went on to become the leading theatre architect of his time and the first notable English expert in this field. His life was not, however, that of a single-minded specialist. ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by M. Clare Loughlin-Chow

Hoare, Prince (1755–1834), playwright and artist, was born at Bath, the younger son and fourth of the five children of William Hoare RA (1707/8–1792) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Barker (d. 1793). He was educated by Mr Hele, first master of the grammar school at ...

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Joseph Knight

revised by Logan Delano Browning

Phillips, (Israel) Watts (1825–1874), playwright and designer, of Irish extraction, was born on 16 November 1825 at Robert Street, Hoxton, Middlesex, the second son of Thomas Phillips (d. 1850), upholsterer and timber merchant, and his wife, Esther Ann Watts (b. 1800)...

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Pocock, Isaac Innes (1782–1835), playwright and painter, was born at Bristol on 2 March 1782. He was the second and eldest surviving son of the sea captain turned marine painter Nicholas Pocock (1740–1821) and his wife, Ann Evans (1752–1827), and, after the family moved to ...

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Portal, Abraham (bap. 1726, d. 1809), goldsmith and playwright, was born in Clowne, Derbyshire, and baptized there on 10 May 1726, the son of Peter William Portal (1685–1768), a Church of England clergyman whose family had migrated to England as Huguenot refugees in 1699, and his wife, ...

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Rawlins, Thomas (c. 1620–1670), engraver, medallist, and playwright, is of unknown origin. Best known for his skills and services as an engraver, he initially made his name as a playwright in 1640 when he published The Rebellion, a tragedy set in Seville, which he dedicated to ...

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Vanbrugh, Sir John (1664–1726), playwright and architect, was born probably on 24 January 1664, the day of his baptism at home, in the parish of St Nicholas Acons, London. His parents were Giles Vanbrugh (1631–1689), a London merchant of Flemish extraction, and Elizabeth (...

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Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1704–10 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Megan A. Stephan

Wills, William Gorman (1828–1891), playwright and portrait painter, was born at Blackwell Lodge, Kilmurry, co. Kilkenny, on 28 January 1828, one of at least two sons of James Wills (1790–1868), poet, and his wife, Katherine (d. 1887), daughter of the Revd W. Gorman...