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Adams, Norman Edward Albert (1927–2005), artist, was born on 9 February 1927 in a flat at 74 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, Essex, the only child of Albert Henry Adams (1900–1975), a London Transport clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred Rose, née Humphries (1906–2000). The family moved shortly afterwards to ...

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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Austen, John Archibald (1886–1948), artist and book illustrator, was born on 5 January 1886 at 19 George Street, Buckland, Kent, the son of Walter John Clement Austen, a journeyman joiner, and his wife, Priscilla Jane Hooker. He initially trained as a carpenter, but in 1906 he moved to ...

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Austen, Winifred Marie Louise (1876–1964), artist and illustrator, was born in Ramsgate, Kent, on 12 July 1876, the only daughter of Josiah Austin, a Cornish naval surgeon, and his wife, Fanny, née Mann. She altered the spelling of her surname from Austin to ...

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Barnard, Lambert (d. 1567/8), painter and calligrapher, may have been the son of a Dutch émigré rumoured to have come to England in the latter decades of the fifteenth century (Croft-Murray, 110), but further details of his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was perhaps born in the early 1490s, as his son ...

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Bellany, John (1942–2013), painter and print-maker, was born at 8 Gosford Road, Port Seton, East Lothian, a fishing village on the Firth of Forth, on 18 June 1942, the son of Richard Paterson Weatherhead (Dick) Bellany (1911–1985), a fisherman then serving in the ...

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Benjamin, Anthony (1931–2002), artist, was born Anthony Benjamin Brown on 29 March 1931 at Nelson Villa, Wickham Road, Boarhunt, Hampshire, the only son of Albert Benjamin Brown, accountant and later instrument maker, and his wife, Edna Grace, née Mott. His childhood was itinerant and he later claimed to have attended over twenty schools. From 1946 to 1949 he studied engineering at ...

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Berg, Adrian Charles John (1929–2011), artist, was born at 62 Millway, Mill Hill, London, on 12 March 1929, the elder child of (George) Charles Berg (1892–1957), psychoanalyst and author, and his first wife, Sarah, née Sorby, daughter of an army officer of Scottish and Irish descent who served in ...

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Sandra Betty Blow (1925–2006) by Roger Mayne, 1966 © Roger Mayne / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist, was born on 14 September 1925, at 64 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only daughter of Jacob (Jack) Blow, a fruit wholesaler at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, and his wife, Leah (Lily), née Rubinstein. She was of Jewish descent. Her brothers, ...

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Bowen, Denis Arthur (1921–2006), painter, was born on 5 April 1921 at Zantespans Drift Farm, near Kimberley, South Africa, one of two sons and two daughters of Alan Bowen, a farmer originally from Cardigan, and his wife, Bertha, née Jones. Orphaned young, he went to ...

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Brown, Frederick (1851–1941), painter, was born at Chelmsford on 14 March 1851, the third child and second son of the seven children of William Brown, an artist who did armorial painting on carriages and taught drawing, and his wife, Susan Brewster. He was educated at ...

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Browne, Hablot Knight [pseud. Phiz] (1815–1882), artist and illustrator, was born in Lower Kennington Lane, London, in June or July 1815 and baptized on 21 December 1815 at St Mary's, Lambeth; he was said to be the ninth son of William Loder Browne (1771–1855)...

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Hablot Knight Browne (1815–1882) by unknown engraver courtesy Charles Dickens Museum

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Buckett, Rowland (bap. 1571, d. 1639), decorative painter and joiner, the son of Mighell (or Michael) Buckett, a Dutch- or German-born cordwainer, was baptized at St Clement Danes, London, on 25 November 1571. Buckett became a prominent member of the Painter–Stainers' Company of ...

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Henry William Bunbury (1750–1811) by Thomas Ryder, pubd 1789 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, c. 1788) [notating his Long Minuet] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bunbury, Henry William (1750–1811), artist and caricaturist, was born on 1 July 1750 at the Manor House, Mildenhall, Suffolk, the second son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764) and vicar of Mildenhall, and his wife, Eleanor (d...

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

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Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) self-portrait, 1884 Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections