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Ellis, Clifford Wilson (1907–1985), designer and art teacher, and promoter of education through art, was born on 1 March 1907, at Bognor, the eldest in the family of two sons and two daughters of John Wilson Ellis, a designer who was trained in cabinet-making, and his wife, ...

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See Gaskin [née France], Georgie Evelyn Cave

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Innes, Jocasta Claire Traill (1934–2013), journalist, cookery writer, and interior design writer, was born on 21 May 1934 in Nanking (Nanjing), China, the eldest of four children of Paul Joseph Anthony Innes (1906–1977), a Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Alice Eileen, née...

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(Emily) Margaret Jourdain (1876–1951) by unknown photographer, 1910 © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jourdain, (Emily) Margaret (1876–1951), historian of English furniture and decoration, was born on 15 August 1876 in Derwent, Derbyshire, the eighth of ten children of the Revd Francis Jourdain (1834–1898) and his wife, Emily, daughter of Charles Clay, a Manchester surgeon. As the hard-up daughter of a hard-up country parson, surrounded by caustic and highly competitive siblings, ...

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Lines, Samuel (1778–1863), designer and art teacher, was born at Allesley, near Coventry, on 7 February 1778, the son of John Lines (1746/7–1831) and his wife, Mary, née Rostill (1739/40–1787). His mother was mistress of a boarding-school in the town. On his mother's death in his boyhood he was placed in the charge of an uncle, a farmer, who employed him in agricultural work. ...

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Verey [née Sandilands], Rosemary Isabel Baird (1918–2001), garden designer and writer, was born at 3 Mansion Row, Brompton, Gillingham, Kent, on 21 December 1918, the youngest of four children of Prescott Sandilands (1878–1956), a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Marine light infantry, and his wife, ...

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Rosemary Isabel Baird Verey (1918–2001) by Howard Sooley, 1996 © Howard Sooley; collection National Portrait Gallery, London