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Colefax [née Halsey], Sibyl Sophie Julia, Lady Colefax (1874–1950), hostess and interior decorator, was born on 4 December 1874, at The Poplars, Wimbledon Common, Surrey (the house of her uncle, Walter Bagehot). She was the third but only surviving daughter (and fifth and last child) of ...

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Crace, John Dibblee (1838–1919), interior decorator and author, was born on 19 January 1838 at 14 (later renumbered 38) Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square, London, the eldest of eleven surviving children of John Gregory Crace (1809–1889), interior decorator and author, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hine Langley (1815–1894)...

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Crace, John Gregory (1809–1889), interior decorator and author, was born on 26 May 1809 at 34 Curzon Street, London, the elder of two surviving sons of Frederick Crace (1779–1859), interior decorator and collector, and his wife, Augusta Harrop Gregory (1783/4–1827), the daughter of ...

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Feibusch, Hans Nathan (1898–1998), mural painter, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 15 August 1898, the elder son of assimilated Jewish parents, Carl Feibusch (d. 1929), dental surgeon, and his wife, Marianne, née Ickelheimer, an amateur painter. He received a classical education and saw military service on the Russian front (1916–18). Following the war he briefly pursued medical studies, but then turned to painting and studied in ...

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Hans Nathan Feibusch (1898–1998) self-portrait, c. 1951 © The Werthwhile Foundation; Tate, London, 2004

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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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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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Maugham [née Barnardo; other married name Wellcome], (Gwendoline Maud) Syrie (1879–1955), interior decorator, was born on 10 July 1879 at The Cedars, Banbury Road, Hackney, London, the eldest daughter and third of seven children of Thomas John Barnardo (1845–1905), medical doctor and philanthropist, and ...

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(Gwendoline Maud) Syrie Maugham (1879–1955) by Nitscher Wellcome Library, London

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William Morris (1834–1896) by George Frederic Watts, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morris, William (1834–1896), designer, author, and visionary socialist, was born at Elm House, Walthamstow, on 24 March 1834, eldest surviving son and fourth of the ten children of William Morris (1797–1847), financier in the City of London, and his wife, Emma (1805–1894), daughter of ...

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Tatham, Charles Heathcote (1772–1842), architect and designer, was born on 8 February 1772 in Duke Street, Westminster, the youngest of the five surviving sons of the thirteen children of Ralph Tatham (1732–1779) of Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, and Elizabeth Bloxham (1739–1809), daughter of Jabez Bloxham...

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Charles Heathcote Tatham (1772–1842) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1823 © Copyright The British Museum

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Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley (1857–1941), architect and designer, was born in Hessle, near Hull, on 28 May 1857, the third child and eldest son of the six daughters and four sons of the Revd Charles Voysey (1828–1912) and his wife, Frances Maria, née...

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Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857–1941) by Harold Speed, 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Welch, Robert Radford (1929–2000), designer and silversmith, was born on 21 May 1929 in Hereford, the only son of Leonard Welch (d. 1971) and his wife, Dorothy Perkins (1897–1982), who trained as an artist. He grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire, and was trained at ...