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William Shakespeare Burton (1824–1916) self-portrait, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burton, William Shakespeare (1824–1916), painter, was born in London on 1 June 1824, the son of the actor William Evans Burton (1804–1860) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Loft (d. 1876). To escape from his difficult wife Burton's father moved to the USA...

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Crosby, (Thomas) Frederick Gordon (1885–1943), motoring artist, was born at 7 Park Place East, Sunderland, co. Durham, on 25 July 1885, the second child and only son of Thomas Crosby (1837–1911), shipbroker, and his wife, Annie Louisa, née Jeboult (1855–1927). His parents married in ...

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Egley, William Maw (1826–1916), genre painter, was born in Marylebone, London, on 2 October 1826, the son of William Egley (1798–1870), artist, and his first wife, Sarah, née Maw (1796–1852). William Egley was a successful miniature painter and an exhibitor at the Royal Academy...

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Elsley, Arthur John (1860–1952), artist, was born at 10 Derby Street, Mayfair, London, on 20 November 1860, the fifth child of John Elsley (d. 1878), coachman and later caretaker, and his wife, Emily, née Freer. His father, an amateur artist, had exhibited an oil painting entitled ...

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Gibb, Robert (1845–1932), historical genre and portrait painter, was born in a small cottage in James Street, Lauriston, near Falkirk, on 28 October 1845, the fifth son of David Gibb, journeyman joiner, and his wife, Christian, née Morrison. The landscape painter William Gibb (1839–1929)...

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Godward, John William (1861–1922), genre painter, was born at 2 Woodbine Cottages, Bridge Road West, Battersea, London, on 9 August 1861, the first of five children of John Godward (1836–1904), investment clerk in a life assurance office, and his wife, Sarah, née Eborall (1835–1935)...

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Grineau, Charles William [Bryan de Grineau] (1883–1957), artist, was born at 9 Connaught Road, Stroud Green, Hornsey, Middlesex, on 11 May 1883, the son of Charles Grineau (1852–1899), artist, and his wife, Mary Marie, née Newman (1858/9–1923). His father, who worked under the name ...

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George Elgar Hicks (1824–1914) self-portrait, 1899 Southampton City Art Gallery, Hampshire, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Hicks, George Elgar (1824–1914), genre painter, was born in Lymington, Hampshire, on 13 March 1824, the youngest son of Edward Hicks (1783/4–1861). His father rose from a cashier to become a partner in St Barbe and Co., the Lymington bank, from which he retired in 1840; he was made a county magistrate in 1843, and in 1837, 1841, and 1847 was mayor of ...

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Robert Gemmell Hutchison (1855–1936) by unknown photographer, c. 1901–11 Royal Scottish Academy archives

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Hutchison, Robert Gemmell (1855–1936), painter, was born in Edinburgh on 1 July 1855, the oldest son of George Hutchison (b. 1830), brass founder, and his wife, Margaret, née Forman (b. 1829). He was not academically inclined and left school at a young age to be apprenticed to a seal engraver. His artistic talent was evident by the age of seventeen and his mother encouraged him to pursue a career as a painter. He trained at the government art school in ...

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Logsdail, William (1859–1944), artist, was born on 25 May 1859 at 19 Minster Yard, Lincoln, the fifth of seven children of George Logsdail (1827–1905), verger at Lincoln Cathedral, and his wife, Mary Ann (May), née Jessop (1826–1905). From an early age Logsdail was inspired by the architecture of the cathedral and the city of ...

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Lorimer, John Henry (1856–1936), genre and portrait painter, was born at 22 Hill Street, Edinburgh, on 12 August 1856, the second son of James Lorimer (1818–1890), professor of public law at the University of Edinburgh, and his wife, Hannah, née Stodart (1835–1916). The architect ...

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Lucas, John Seymour (1849–1923), genre painter, was born in St Martin's, London, on 21 December 1849, the youngest son in the family of at least three sons and three daughters of Henry Lucas (b. 1808/9), a coachbuilder of Broad Court, Westminster, and his wife, ...

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O'Neill, George Bernard (1828–1917), genre painter, was born in Dublin on 17 July 1828, the ninth of the fifteen children of Bernard O'Neill, a clerk in the Board of Ordnance at Dublin Castle, and his wife, Susan Gower. In 1837 his father was made redundant, and the family moved to ...

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Rossiter, Charles (1827–1897), genre painter, was born on 29 October 1827 in Westminster, London, the son of James Easterbrook Rossiter (d. 1844), a woollen draper, and his wife, Ann (b. c.1798). He served an apprenticeship with a picture cleaner and restorer and continued to undertake restoration work while training at ...

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Smith, Jack (1928–2011), artist, was born on 18 June 1928 at 23 Hunter House Road, Sheffield, the younger son of John Edward Smith and his wife, Laura Amanda, née Booth (1899–1950). His mother worked in a cutlery factory prior to her marriage; his father was a clerk in an engineering works. ...

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John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829–1908) by Lewis Carroll [C. L. Dodgson], 1857 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stanhope, John Roddam Spencer (1829–1908), painter, was born at Cannon Hall, outside the village of Cawthorne, near Barnsley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, on 20 January 1829. He was the younger son and fourth of the five children of John Spencer Stanhope (1787–1873)...