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Armfield, Maxwell Ashby (1881–1972), artist and writer, was born at Ringwood, Hampshire, on 5 October 1881, the eldest of the three children of Joseph John Armfield, a milling engineer, and his wife, Margaret Maxwell, a lineal descendant of the earls of Nithsdale. The ...

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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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Harry [married name Thresher], Jane (1755/6–1784), Quaker and artist, was born in Jamaica, the daughter of Charity Harry (d. 1793), who was described in a private bill passed in the Jamaica House of Assembly in 1775 as a 'free mulatto woman', and ...

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Housman, Laurence (1865–1959), writer and artist, was born on 18 July 1865 at Perry Hall, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. His father, Edward Housman (1831–1894), a solicitor practising in Bromsgrove, was emphatically tory. Housman's mother, Sarah Jane Williams (1828–1871), died when he was five years old, leaving her five sons (...

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Laurence Housman (1865–1959) by Howard Coster, 1937 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Penrose, Sir Roland Algernon (1900–1984), artist, writer, and exhibition organizer, was born at 44 Finchley Road, London, on 14 October 1900, into a Quaker family, the third of the four sons (there were no daughters) of (James) Doyle Penrose (1862–1932) and his wife, ...