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Peter Frederick Anson (1889–1975) by Howard Coster, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anson, Peter Frederick (1889–1975), monk, writer, and artist, was born Frederick Charles Anson on 22 August 1889 at 32 South Parade, Southsea, the son of Charles Eustace Anson (1858–1940), subsequently rear-admiral, and his wife, (Maria) Evelyn, née Ross (1863–1904). His father came from a family with strong connections to the ...

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Bentley, Richard (bap. 1708, d. 1782), writer and artist, was baptized on 3 June 1708 at All Saints', Cambridge, the youngest of the four children and only surviving son of Dr Richard Bentley (1662–1742), master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and his wife, Joanna Bernard (...

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Betham, (Mary) Matilda (1776–1852), writer and miniature painter, was baptized on 1 January 1777 at Haceby, Lincolnshire, the eldest of the fifteen children of the Revd William Betham (1749–1839) and his wife, Mary, née Damant (1752/3–1839), the former wife of Whittocke Planque. In a letter (1840) to ...

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Brontë, (Patrick) Branwell (1817–1848), writer and painter, was born on 26 June 1817 at Thornton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the fourth of six children of the Revd Patrick Brontë (1777–1861), Church of England clergyman, and Maria Branwell (1783–1821), daughter of Thomas and Anne Branwell...

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(Patrick) Branwell Brontë (1817–1848) self-portrait, c. 1840 courtesy of the Brontë Society

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Samuel Butler (1835–1902) self-portrait, 1873? Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (G-546)

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Butler, Samuel (1835–1902), writer and artist, was born on 4 December 1835 at the rectory at Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son in the family of four children (including another son, Thomas, and two daughters, Henrietta and May) of Thomas Butler (1806–1886)...

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William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676) by Abraham van Diepenbeck [with Bolsover Castle in the background] © Copyright The British Museum

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Cavendish, William, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), writer, patron, and royalist army officer, was born at Handsworth Manor, Yorkshire, and was baptized in the parish on 16 December 1593. He was the second of three children, the first having died in infancy, of ...

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Collingwood, William Gershom (1854–1932), author, artist, and antiquary, was born on 6 August 1854 at 87 Chatham Street, Liverpool, the eldest son of the artist William Collingwood (1819–1903), of the Royal Watercolour Society, and his wife, Marie Imhoff (d. 1873) of Arbon, Switzerland...

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Crealock, Henry Hope (1831–1891), army officer, artist, and author, born on 31 March 1831, was the son of William Betton Crealock of Langeston, Littleham, near Bideford. Crealock entered Rugby School in February 1844. He was commissioned in the 90th light infantry on 13 October 1848, and promoted lieutenant on 24 December 1852 and captain on 29 December 1854. On 5 December 1854 he landed at ...

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Dearmer [née White], (Jessie) Mabel Prichard (1872–1915), illustrator, writer, and nursing orderly, was born at Bryn Eglwys, Llanbeblig, Caernarfon, on 22 March 1872, the daughter of William White (1816/17–1875), surgeon-major in the Indian army, and Selina Taylor Prichard (1842–1926), daughter of William Taylor Prichard...

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Devas [née Macnamara; other married name Shephard], Nicolette (1911–1987), author and artist, was born on 1 February 1911 in London. She was the eldest of the four children of Francis Macnamara (1884–1946), an Irish eccentric, poet, and landowner, of Ennistymon House, co. Clare...

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898) by unknown photographer, c. 1856–60 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge [pseud. Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer, was born at Daresbury parsonage, Cheshire, on 27 January 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson (1800–1868), curate of the parish, later rector of Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire...

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Haweis [née Joy], Mary Eliza (1848–1898), writer and illustrator, was born on 21 February 1848 in London, the elder daughter of Thomas Musgrave Joy (1812–1866), genre and portrait painter, and Eliza Rohde Joy, née Spratt. Mary Eliza herself had considerable artistic talent: at eighteen she exhibited at the ...

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Jane, (John) Frederick Thomas (1865–1916), author, journalist, and illustrator, was born in Richmond, Surrey, on 6 August 1865, the eldest of four sons and three daughters of the Revd John Jane, later vicar of Upottery, Devon, and his wife, Caroline, daughter of the ...

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Keate, George (1729–1797), writer and painter, the son and heir of George Keate of Isleworth, Middlesex, and his wife, Rachel, daughter of Count Christian Kawolski, was born in Isleworth, on 30 November 1729. Having been educated at Kingston free grammar school, he was articled as a clerk to ...

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...