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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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Bodichon, Barbara Leigh Smith (1827–1891), artist and women's activist, was born on 8 April 1827 in Whatlington, near Robertsbridge, Sussex, the eldest of the five children of the radical MP Benjamin Smith (1783–1860) [see under Smith, William (1756-1835)] and Anne Longden (1801–1834)...

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Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) by André Adolphe Eugène Disderi © National Portrait Gallery, London

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

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Martin, Ellis (1881–1977), artist, was born on 12 November 1881 at 11 Bayswater Terrace, Plymouth, Devon, the first of the two children of William Nicholas Martin (1849–1935), a builder and architect, and his wife, Mary Coltman, about whom nothing further is known. After primary school education in ...

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Potter [married name Heelis], (Helen) Beatrix (1866–1943), artist, children's writer, and sheep breeder, was born on 28 July 1866 at 2 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington, London, the elder child and only daughter of Rupert William Potter (1832–1914), a lawyer specializing as equity draftsman and conveyancer until he inherited a large fortune in 1883. A close friend of ...

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(Helen) Beatrix Potter (1866–1943) by Delmar Banner, 1938 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Walker, George (1781–1856), artist, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, on 7 May 1781, the youngest son among the eleven children of William Walker (d. 1817), textile merchant, and his wife, Jane, née Hallowell. The family was originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, but probably in the mid-eighteenth century had moved to ...