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Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...

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Armstrong, Thomas (1832–1911), artist and applied arts administrator, was born at Fallowfield, Manchester, on 19 October 1832, the eldest son of Thomas Armstrong and his wife, Sarah. Educated at a private school at Tarvin, near Chester, he initially began work in his family's cotton business in ...

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Blake, William (1757–1827), engraver, artist, and poet, was born on 28 November 1757 at 28 Broad Street, Soho, London, the third son of James Blake (1723?–1784), a hosier, and his wife, Catherine, née Wright (1723–1792), the widow of Thomas Armitage. Blake had four brothers, ...

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William Blake (1757–1827) by Thomas Phillips, 1807 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clayton [married name Needham], Ellen Creathorne (1834–1900), author and artist, was born in Gloucester Terrace, Dublin, on 15 February 1834, the eldest child and only daughter of Benjamin Clayton (1809–1883), an engraver and illustrator, and his wife, Mary Graham (d. 1877)...

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Hans Holbein the younger (1497/88–1543) by unknown artist, c. 1542–3 [possibly a self-portrait] Collection Uffizi Museum, Florence; © reserved in the photograph

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Holbein, Hans, the younger (1497/8–1543), artist, was born in Augsburg in southern Germany, the second son of the artist Hans Holbein the elder (1465–1524) and his wife, Anna Mair. He was the younger brother of the painter Ambrosius Holbein, and his age is given as fourteen in a metalpoint drawing of the two brothers by their father dated 1511 (...

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Norden, Frederik Ludvig (1708–1742), traveller and artist, was born on 22 October 1708 at Glückstadt, Holstein, the fourth of five sons of Jørgen Norden, a Danish lieutenant-colonel of infantry (d. 1728) and his wife, Cathrine Henrichsen (d. in or after 1728)...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Ruth Stewart

Roberts, Thomas (1749?–1778), artist, eldest son of John Roberts (1712–1796), architect of the town hall and other public buildings in Waterford, and his wife, Mary Susannah (1716–1800), daughter of Major Francis Sautelle, of a family of Huguenot refugees, was born in Waterford...

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P. G. Konody

revised by Vivien Allen

Shields, Frederic James (1833–1911), artist, was born at High Street, Hartlepool, on 14 March 1833, the eldest of the four children of John Shields (c.1808–1849) and his wife, Georgiana Storey (d. 1853). He was baptized Frederick, but later adopted the spelling ...

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Staples, Sir Robert Ponsonby, twelfth baronet (1853–1943), painter, was born in Dundee on 30 June 1853, the third son in the family of three sons and two daughters of Sir Nathaniel Alexander Staples, tenth baronet (1817–1899), a captain and interpreter in the Bengal artillery...

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Taylor, Isaac [known as Isaac Taylor of Stanford Rivers] (1787–1865), writer on theology, artist, and inventor, was born at Lavenham, Suffolk, on 17 August 1787. He was the fourth child and eldest surviving son of Isaac Taylor of Ongar (1759–1829), artist, engraver, and dissenting minister, and his wife, ...

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Tongue, Richard (1795–1873), artist, was born in Bath, Somerset, on 20 February 1795, the son of Richard Tongue (d. 1823/4) and his wife, Ann. His father, a currier and leatherseller with a house and business in Peter Street, Bath, left a half share in the business to ...

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Walford [née Colquhoun], Lucy Bethia (1845–1915), novelist and artist, was born on 17 April 1845 at 11 Brighton Crescent, Portobello, Edinburgh, the seventh child of Frances Sara Fuller Maitland (1813–1877), poet and hymn writer, and John Colquhoun (1805–1885) of Luss, Dunbartonshire, a sportsman, naturalist, author of ...

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Whaite, Henry Clarence (1828–1912), painter, was born in Bridge Street, Manchester, on 27 January 1828, the son of Henry Whaite (1803–1869), carver and gilder, and his wife, Sarah, née Slater (1802–1865). His parents had developed a successful business known as Whaite's Fine Art Gallery...