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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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Edward Jeffery Irving Ardizzone (1900–1979) by Howard Coster, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ardizzone, Edward Jeffery Irving (1900–1979), artist and writer, was born on 16 October 1900 in Haiphong, French Indo-China. He was the eldest child of Auguste Ardizzone (d. 1942), a naturalized Frenchman of Italian parentage, an employee of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company...

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Arendrup [née Courtauld], Edith (1846–1934), artist and Roman Catholic religious sister, was born on 1 September 1846 at Bocking, Braintree, Essex, the younger child and only daughter of John Minton Courtauld (d. 1877), junior partner in Samuel Courtauld & Co., silk and crepe manufacturers, and his wife, ...

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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Baker, William [name in religion Anselm] (1833–1885), heraldic artist and mural painter, was born in Birmingham on 23 January 1833, the son of Thomas Baker, a coach painter. He appears to have worked as a gun-stocker, and he learned to paint and draw at the ...

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Sir Frank William Brangwyn (1867–1956) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1909 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brangwyn, Sir Frank William (1867–1956), artist, was born at 24 rue du Vieux Bourg, Bruges, on 12 May 1867; his forenames were registered in Bruges as Guillaume François. He was the first son of William Curtis Brangwyn (1839–1907), an ecclesiastical architect, church decorator, and craftsman, proud of his distant Welsh origin, born in ...

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Bury St Edmunds, Hugo of (fl. c. 1130–c. 1150), artist, was active at the abbey of Bury St Edmunds under abbots Anselm (1121–48) and Ording (1148–56). Documents written at the abbey record that he worked in several media. He cast a bell for the newly rebuilt abbey church. He '...

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Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud D'Orsay, styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852) by Sir George Hayter, 1839 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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D'Orsay, Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel], styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852), artist and dandy, was born in Paris on 4 September 1801, second son of Albert, Count D'Orsay, a general in Napoleon's grand armée, and Eleanore de Franquemont, an illegitimate daughter of the ...

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Helene Marie Fesenmaier (1937–2013) by unknown photographer, 1980s © reserved

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Fesenmaier, Helene Marie (1937–2013), artist, was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA, on 31 August 1937, the elder daughter of Otto Bernard Fesenmaier (1907–1974), physician, and his wife, Helene Marie, née Perlowski (1916–2007), interior designer. After studying at the local high school she went to ...

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Flanagan, (James) Barry (1941–2009), artist and sculptor, was born on 11 January 1941 at Furzedown, Fforddlas, Prestatyn, Flintshire, the youngest of three sons and youngest of four children of William Joseph Flanagan, who worked for the film company Warner Brothers in Liverpool, and his wife, ...

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Emma Gaggiotti Richards (1825–1912), self-portrait, 1853

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Gaggiotti [married name Gaggiotti Richards], Emma Camilla Angela Maria (1825–1912), artist, was born in Rome, the only daughter of Camillo Gaggiotti, intendent-generale of the Roman states and minister of war, and his wife, Angelina, née Serefini. Emma Gaggiotti spent much of her childhood in ...

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Mai Ghoussoub (1952–2007) by unknown photographer Saqi Books

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Ghoussoub, Mai (1952–2007), writer, publisher, and artist, was born in Beit Shabab, a town in the mountains above Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 November 1952, the second daughter of Raymond Ghoussoub, lawyer and amateur footballer, and his wife, Maggie Bridi, mathematics teacher. Her parents were Maronite Christian Arabs. She was educated at the ...