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Buchinger, Matthias [Matthew] (1674–1739), artist, was born on 2 June 1674 at Ansbach, near Nuremberg; details of his parents are unknown. He was born without hands, feet, lower legs, or thighs and in his life never grew taller than 29 inches. Although such symptoms might today be diagnosed as phocomelia, his impairments were attributed at the time to a fright suffered by his mother during pregnancy. He was the youngest of nine children and, according to a biography published in the ...

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Matthias Buchinger (1674–1739) by unknown artist, late 18th cent. (after self-portrait) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Namatjira, Albert [formerly Elea] (1902–1959), Aboriginal artist, was born on 28 July 1902 at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg (later Ntaria), Northern Territory, Australia, the second of the three children of Namatjira (1880–1956) and his wife, Ljukuta (1881–1934), and given the name ...