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W. C. Monkhouse

revised by Arianne Burnette

Aggas, Robert (c. 1620–c. 1682), landscape and scene painter, was the son of Samuel Agas of St Andrew's parish, Holborn. The family was originally from Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk. Samuel Agas was the son of Edward Aggas, a bookseller and printer, and relative of ...

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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Bampfylde, Coplestone Warre (1720–1791), landscape painter and garden designer, was born on 28 February 1720 at Hestercombe House, Kingston, Taunton, great-grandson of Sir Coplestone Bampfylde (1637/8–1692) and the eldest of nine children of John Bampfylde (1691–1750), MP for Exeter and Devon, and his second wife, ...

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W. J. Lawrence

revised by C. D. Watkinson

Beverly, William Roxby (1810?–1889), scene-painter, was born at Richmond, Surrey, probably in 1810, the youngest son of William Beverly or Beverley (1764/5–1842) and his wife, Mary (1775/6–1851). The elder Beverly, a well-known actor–manager, had abandoned his own surname of Roxby on taking to the boards, to distinguish himself from his uncle ...

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Brown, Ford Madox (1821–1893), painter and designer, was born at Calais, France, on 16 April 1821, the son of Ford Brown (d. 1842) and his wife, Caroline (d. 1839), the daughter of Tristram Maries Madox, of an old Kent yeoman family. ...

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Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893) self-portrait, 1877 courtesy of the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop. Photograph: Katya Kallsen © President and Fellows of Harvard College

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Capon, William (1757–1827), scene-painter, architectural draughtsman, and architect, was born in Norwich on 6 October 1757, the son of Christopher Capon, portrait painter, and his wife, Anne, and was baptized at St Stephen's Church, Norwich, on 19 February 1758. At first he studied under his father but, preferring architecture, he moved to ...

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L. H. Cust

revised by Deborah Graham-Vernon

Carver, Robert (d. 1791), landscape and scene-painter, was born in Dublin, the son of Richard Carver (d. 1754), a history and landscape painter of some merit. Robert Carver studied under his father and also under Robert West at the Dublin Society Schools...

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Casteels, Peter [formerly Pieter] (1684–1749), painter and designer, was born in Antwerp, Southern Netherlands, on 3 October 1684, the son of Pieter Casteels, painter. He was trained by his father and in 1708 arrived in London with his brother-in-law, Peter Tillemans, having been offered work by a picture dealer. He settled readily into ...

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Craven, Hawes (1837–1910), scene painter, was born Henry Hawes Craven Green on 3 July 1837 at Kirkgate, Leeds. His parents, James Green (d. 1881), a comedian, and Eliza Craven Green (1803–1866), an actress and, later, a poet, were performers on the York...

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Hawes Craven (1837–1910) by Henry van der Weyde, c. 1890 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Dall, Nicholas Thomas (d. 1776), decorative artist and scene-painter, was of Scandinavian origin. Nothing is known of his parentage or early life; however, he probably studied in Bologna in the 1740s under one of the masters of architectural capriccios for which the city was renowned. While there he may have received the commission from ...

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Devoto, John (fl. 1708–1752), painter and scene designer, was referred to as being French during his lifetime, but his parents were probably Italian and the name has Genoese connections. It is circumstantially probable that he was related to the John Devoto who made properties for the court masque ...

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Gilpin, William Sawrey (1761/2–1843), landscape painter and landscape gardener, was the second of six children of Sawrey Gilpin (1733–1807), animal painter, and Elizabeth Broom. Gilpin's uncle, his father's older brother, was the author and schoolmaster the Revd William Gilpin (1724–1804). Both Gilpin's great-grandfather ...

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Greenwood, Thomas (bap. 1752?, d. 1797), scene-painter, is believed to be the son of the engraver John Greenwood (1729–1768), who may have come to London from Yorkshire where there was a thriving branch of the family. Thomas Greenwood was not, however, related to the American-born painter ...

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L. H. Cust

revised by Martin Myrone

Hakewill, John (1742–1791), painter and decorator, was born in London on 27 February 1742, the son of William Hakewill and his wife, Mary Dransfield. He was the great-grandson of William Hakewill (bap. 1574, d. 1655), master of chancery. His father was foreman to ...

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Harker, Joseph Cunningham (1855–1927), scene painter and theatrical designer, was born on 17 October 1855 in Levenshulme, Lancashire, the third of the three children of William Harker and his wife, Maria O'Connor. When Harker was three years old, his father, a well-known character actor in ...

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Leslie George Hurry (1909–1978) self-portrait, 1944 by courtesy of the Tate Gallery, London / © reserved

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Hurry, Leslie George (1909–1978), painter and theatre designer, was born on 10 February 1909 at 53 High Street, St John's Wood, London, the third and last child of Alfred George Hurry (c.1880–1951/2), funeral director, and his wife, Edith Louise Perry, née...

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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 ...