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Ashley [née Mountney], Laura (1925–1985), dress designer and interior decorator, was born on 7 September 1925 at Dowlais, near Merthyr Tudful, south Wales, the eldest of the four children (two daughters and two sons) of Stanley Lewis Mountney, a civil servant, of ...

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Laura Ashley (1925–1985) by Philip Sayer, early 1980s © Philip Sayer; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cobb, John (c. 1715–1778), cabinet-maker and upholsterer, is presumably the person of that name put as apprentice in 1729 to Tim Money, a Norwich upholsterer (Boyd MSS). The Norfolk connection is feasible on account of Cobb's bequeathing in 1778 the interest realized on ...

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Marion V. Dorn (1896–1964) by Frank Dobson, c. 1930–31 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dorn, Marion V. (1896–1964), designer, was born on 25 December 1896, probably at Menlo Park, near San Francisco, California, one of five children of Diodemus Socrates Dorn (1860–1913), lawyer, and Camille Johnson (1870–1932). Educated at Stanford University from 1912 to 1916 (bachelor of arts in graphic arts, Phi Beta Kappa), thereafter she shared a studio in ...

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Duffy, (Anthony) Brian Christopher (1933–2010), photographer, was born on 15 June 1933 at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, Hammersmith, London, the eldest child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Patrick Francis Duffy, furniture dealer's clerk and cabinet maker, and his wife, ...

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Garner, Thomas (1839–1906), architect and designer, was born at Wasperton Hill, Wasperton, Warwickshire, on 12 August 1839, the son of Thomas Garner (1795–1880), farmer, and his wife, Louisa Savage (b. c.1815). Brought up in country surroundings, he acquired as a boy a love of riding and a knowledge of horsemanship which he retained through life. In 1856, at the age of seventeen, he entered as a pupil the office of ...

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Georgie Evelyn Cave Gaskin (1866–1934) by William Smedley-Aston reproduced by permission of Birmingham Library Services

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Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave (1866–1934), designer, was born on 8 December 1866 at Cliff Cottage, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, the elder daughter of William Hanmer France, contractor's agent, and his wife, Frances Emily Cave-Brown-Cave. Arthur Joseph Gaskin (1862–1928), artist, designer, and teacher...

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Gillow family (per. c. 1730–c. 1830), cabinet-makers and upholsterers, came to prominence with Richard [ii] Gillow (1733–1811), the son of Robert [i] Gillow 1702/3–1772 [see below], the founder of the firm. Gillows's reputation as one of the leading British cabinet-making firms of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was established by contributions from some ten members of the family over three generations. The business was established about 1728; in 1813 probably for both economic and social reasons, the ...

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Gray [formerly Smith], (Kathleen) Eileen Moray (1878–1976), designer and architect, was born on 9 August 1878 at Brownswood, the family estate in Enniscorthy, co. Wexford. She was the third of three daughters and youngest of five children of James Maclaren Smith (1832–1900)...

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Jackson, John Baptist (b. c. 1700, d. in or after 1773), woodcutter and designer of chintz and wallpaper, was the most remarkable English printmaker of his day, although he stands far apart from the mainstream. The main source of information on his life is an autobiography quoted in ...

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James [née Calkin], Margaret Bernard (1895–1985), designer, calligrapher, and painter, was born on 23 February 1895 at 22 Holmdale Road, West Hampstead, London, the third of seven children of Harry Bernard Calkin (1861–1926), who married Margaret Agnes Palfrey (1870–1936) in 1890. He was in insurance and became a ...

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Owen Jones (1809–1874) by Henry Wyndham Phillips, 1856 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Jones, Owen (1809–1874), architect, printer, and designer, was born on 15 February 1809 at 148 Thames Street, London, the second of the three children of Owen Jones (1741–1814) and his wife, Hannah Jane (1772/3–1838). His father was a furrier and a distinguished Welsh antiquary. ...

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William Kent (bap. 1686, d. 1748) by William Aikman, c. 1723–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kent, William (bap. 1686, d. 1748), painter, architect, and designer of gardens and interior furnishings, was baptized William Cant in St Mary's Church, Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 1 January 1686, the son of William Cant and his wife, Esther Shimmings.

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Knox, Archibald (1864–1933), designer and watercolour painter, was born on 9 April 1864, the fourth son of the seven children of Robert William Knox, marine engineer, and his wife, Ann, at Cronkborne, Tromode, Braddan, Isle of Man. His parents came from Scotland to the ...

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Marx, Enid Dorothy Crystal (1902–1998), designer, was born in London, at Belsize Lodge, 3 Garlinge Road, Kilburn, on 20 October 1902, the younger daughter and youngest of three children of Robert Joseph Marx, a mechanical engineer particularly involved in the paper industry (and a second cousin, twice removed, of ...