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

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

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Caldecott, Randolph (1846–1886), artist and book illustrator, was born at 150 Bridge Street, Chester, on 22 March 1846, the son of John Caldecott, a hatter and tailor who was also a pioneer of modern accounting, and his wife, Mary Dinah Brookes. He was educated at ...

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Carter [née Vavasour], Ellen (bap. 1762, d. 1815), artist and book illustrator, was baptized at St Olave's Church, York, on 16 May 1762. She was the daughter of Walter Vavasour, a country gentleman whose estate was in Weston, Yorkshire, and Ellen, his wife, daughter of ...

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John Duncan (1866–1945) by unknown photographer © estate of John Duncan; all rights reserved, DACS 2009

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Duncan, John (1866–1945), painter and illustrator, was born in Dundee on 19 July 1866, the second of six children of William Gardiner Duncan, grocer (he was later described as a schoolmaster and a cattle dealer), and his wife, Helen, née Thomson, a power loom weaver. At the age of eleven he began his studies at the ...

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Leslie MacDonald Gill (1884–1947) by Howard Coster, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gill, Leslie MacDonald [Max] (1884–1947), artist and decorative cartographer, was born on 6 October 1884 at 2 Prestonville Road, Brighton, the fourth of thirteen children (two of whom died in childhood) of Arthur Tidman Gill (1848–1933) and his wife, (Cicely) Rose, née King (1855–1929)...

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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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Harris, John (1791–1873), artist and facsimilist, was born on 17 November 1791 in Kennington, London, the son of the watercolour painter John Harris (1767–1832), with whom he has often been confused. His grandfather was the entomologist and illustrator Moses Harris.

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Edith Blackwell Holden (1871–1920) by unknown photographer © RS & RW 2004

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Holden [married name Smith], Edith Blackwell (1871–1920), artist and illustrator, was born on 26 September 1871 at Holly Green, Church Road, Moseley, Birmingham, the fourth of seven children of Arthur Holden (1836–1913), a paint and varnish manufacturer, and his wife, Emma Wearing (1836–1904)...

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Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954) by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 © The Van Vechten Trust; National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kauffer, Edward McKnight (1890–1954), artist and graphic designer, was born Edward Kauffer in Great Falls, Cascade county, Montana, USA, on 14 December 1890, the only son of John and Anna Kauffer. His parents were first- and second-generation immigrants to the United States, his father of Hanseatic German stock, his mother of Swedish origin. ...

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Leete, Alfred Ambrose Chew (1882–1933), graphic artist, was born in Thorpe Achurch, Northampton, on 28 August 1882, the eldest of the five surviving children of John Alfred Leete, farmer, and his wife, Harriet Eliza, née Chew. In 1893 his father's ill health prompted the family to move to ...

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Ray, Sukumar (1887–1923), writer, illustrator, and song composer, was born in Calcutta on 30 October 1887, the son of Upendrakishore Ray, otherwise Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury (1863–1915), a well-known Bengali writer, illustrator, song composer, publisher, and printer, and his wife, Bidhumukhi Devi. His father was a prominent figure in the western-influenced Hindu reform movement known as Brahmoism, which flourished in ...