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Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist, was born on 30 October 1928 at 142 Glebe Road, Norwich, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Emma, née Green. Reared a Methodist and readied by his parents for a job for life in the ...

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Michael Ayrton (1921–1975) self-portrait, 1947 © Estate of Michael Ayrton; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayrton [formerly Ayrton Gould], Michael (1921–1975), artist and writer, was born at 3 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, London, on 20 February 1921, the only child of Gerald Gould (1885–1936), poet and journalist, and his wife, Barbara Bodichon Ayrton Gould (1886–1950), politician and sometime chairman of the ...

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Browne, Felicia Mary (1904–1936), artist and political activist, was born at The Elms, Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey, on 18 February 1904, the third daughter and the fourth of five children of Harold Browne (1875–1924), company director, who worked in his family's advertising agency, and his wife, ...

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Gray, Milner Connorton (1899–1997), artist and designer, was born on 8 October 1899 in Blackheath, London, the second son and the second of the five children of Archibald Campbell Gray (d. 1944?), a member of the Baltic exchange, and of his wife, ...

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Hilder, Rowland Frederick (1905–1993), artist, was born at Great Neck, Long Island, New York, on 28 June 1905, the son of Roland Hilder (b. c.1880) and his wife, Kitty, née Fissenden (b. c.1885), both originally from Birling, Kent. The ‘w’ in his forename originated from a misspelling on his birth registration form. His parents had moved to ...

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Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872–1949) by Augustus John, 1909 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Nicholson, Sir William Newzam Prior (1872–1949), artist, was born at 12 London Road, Newark-on-Trent, on 5 February 1872, the youngest child of William Newzam Nicholson (1816–1899), engineer, of the Trent ironworks, and later MP for Newark, and his second wife, Ann Elizabeth Prior (1839–1899)...

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Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) self-portrait, 1932 © Estate of Mervyn Peake; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Peake, Mervyn Laurence (1911–1968), artist and writer, was born at Kuling (Guling), in the province of Kiang-Hsi, China, on 9 July 1911, the younger son of Ernest Cromwell Peake MD (1874–1949), Congregational missionary doctor, of Tientsin (Tianjin), and his wife, Amanda Elizabeth Powell (1875–1939)...