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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Farington, Joseph (1747–1821), landscape painter and diarist, was born at Leigh vicarage, Lancashire, on 21 November 1747, the second of the seven sons of William Farington (1704–1767), rector of Warrington and vicar of Leigh, and his wife, Esther Gilbody (1716–1794) of Manchester. His elder brother ...

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John Robert Fowles (1926–2005) by Tomas Watson, 2001 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fowles, John Robert (1926–2005), author and museum curator, was born on 31 March 1926 at Waygate, 37 Fillebrook Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the only son and elder child of Robert John Fowles and his wife, Gladys May, née Richards. While his father commuted into ...

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Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786–1846) by Georgiana Margaretta Zornlin, 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Haydon, Benjamin Robert (1786–1846), history painter and diarist, born in Wimpole Street, Plymouth, Devon, on 26 January 1786, was the son of a printer, publisher, and bookseller, Benjamin Robert Haydon (1758–1813), who came from an old Devon family. His mother, Sarah Cobley (...

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Plymley, Katherine (bap. 1758, d. 1829), diarist, naturalist, and painter, was baptized at Longnor, Shropshire, on 31 January 1758, the eldest child of Joseph Plymley (1716–1802), apothecary, of the Bank House, Longnor, Shropshire, and Diana, née Flint (1725–1779), a member of the Shropshire...

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Elizabeth Postuma Simcoe (1762–1850) by Mary Anne Burges, 1790 Burges / National Archives of Canada / C-081931

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Simcoe [née Gwillim], Elizabeth Postuma (1762–1850), diarist and artist, was born in September 1762 and baptized on 22 September at Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Gwillim (bap. 1726, d. 1762?) and Elizabeth Spinckes (bap. 1723, d. 1762)...