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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 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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Fraser, Patrick Allan- (1813–1890), artist and architect, was born at Arbroath, Forfarshire, the third and youngest son of Robert Allan, a stocking manufacturer, and his wife, Isabel Macdonald. Both his parents were from established trade families in the town. After education at Arbroath Academy...

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Sir Balthazar Gerbier (1592–16631667) by Paulus Pontius, 1634 (after Sir Anthony Van Dyck) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gerbier, Sir Balthazar (1592–1663/1667), art agent, miniature painter, and architect, was born on 23 February 1592 at Middelburg in the Netherlands, the son of Antonie Gerbier and Radigonde Blavet, who were Huguenot émigrés. Gerbier later styled himself Baron d'Ouvilly, or Doully. Little is known about his early upbringing or education, and ...

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William Gibbs (1790–1875) by unknown photographer, 1862–3 © reserved

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1790 at 6 Calle de Cantarranas, Madrid, Spain, the second son of Antony Gibbs (1756–1815), merchant, and his wife, Dorothea Barnetta, née Hucks (1760–1820). The judge and politician Sir Vicary Gibbs...

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Herbert, Henry, ninth earl of Pembroke and sixth earl of Montgomery (c. 1689–1750), architect and patron, was the eldest son of Thomas Herbert, eighth earl of Pembroke and fifth earl of Montgomery (1656/7–1733), and his first wife, Margaret (d. 1706), daughter of ...

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Horne, Herbert Percy (1864–1916), architect, art collector, and art historian, was born at 10 Russell Square, London, on 18 February 1864, the son of Horace Horne (d. 1894), architect, and his wife, Hannah Louisa Gibson (d. 1903). After attending Miss Moore's day school...

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Kennedy, David, tenth earl of Cassillis (1727–1792), patron of architecture and landowner, was born on 25 June 1727, the eighteenth child and third surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of ...

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Richardson, Charles James (1806–1871), architect and art collector, was born in London. Of his parents, nothing is known. He was a pupil of Sir John Soane from 1824 to 1830 and was then his assistant until Soane's death in 1837. He tried unsuccessfully to establish his own academy of architecture; from 1845 to 1852 he was master of the architectural class at the School of Design at ...

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Robinson, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1702/3–1777), architect and collector, was probably born at Merton, Surrey, the eldest of seven sons of William Robinson (1675–1720) of Rokeby, Yorkshire, and his wife, Anne (c.1677–1730), daughter and heiress of Robert Walters of Cundall, Yorkshire...

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William Talman (bap. 1650, d. 1719) by Giuseppe Grisoni, c. 1718–19 [The Talman Family Group: Talman, left, with (left to right) his son John Talman, his daughter Frances Cokayne, and his wife, Hannah Talman] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Talman, William (bap. 1650, d. 1719), architect and collector, was baptized on 1 December 1650 at St Margaret's Church, Westminster. He was the second son of William Talman (d. 1663) and his wife, Elizabeth, of Eastcott Manor House, near West Lavington in ...