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Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (1872–1898) by Frederick Henry Evans, 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent (1872–1898), illustrator, was born on 21 August 1872 at 12 Buckingham Road, Brighton, Sussex, the son of Vincent Paul Beardsley (c.1840–1909), and his wife, Ellen Agnus (1846–1932), the daughter of Surgeon-Major William Pitt and his wife, Susan.

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Doré, (Louis Auguste) Gustave (1832–1883), illustrator, was born on 6 January 1832 in the rue Bleue, Strasbourg, France, the second of the three children of Pierre Louis Christophe Doré (d. 1849), an engineer, and his wife, Alexandrine Marie Anne Pluchart (d...

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Doyle, James William Edmund (1822–1892), illustrator and antiquary, was born in London on 22 October 1822, the eldest of the four sons of the caricaturist John Doyle (1797–1868), who used the pseudonym HB, and his wife, Marianna Conan (d. 1832). He was the brother of the artist and illustrator ...

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Doyle, Richard [pseud. Dick Kitcat] (1824–1883), illustrator and watercolour painter, was born in September 1824 in London, the second of the seven children of John Doyle (pseudonym H. B.) (1797–1868), caricaturist and painter, and his wife, Marianna Conan. His parents were both Irish, having come to ...

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Richard Doyle [Dick Kitcat] (1824–1883) by John & Charles Watkins © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fildes, Sir (Samuel) Luke (1843–1927), illustrator and genre and portrait painter, was born on 18 October 1843 at 22 Standish Street, Liverpool, the fourth of the ten children of James Fildes (c.1813–1858) of Manchester, mariner and shipping agent, and his wife, ...

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Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes (1843–1927) self-portrait, 1911 © Royal Academy of Arts, London; photographer John Hammond

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Griggs, Frederick Landseer Maur (1876–1938), etcher, illustrator, and architect, was born on 30 October 1876 at 21 High Street, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, the eldest of four children of Frederick Griggs (1849–1926) and his wife, Jemima Elizabeth (Mimie; 1852–1900), daughter of Thomas Bailey, hatter. His parents were Baptists; his father, a baker and confectioner, was a deacon of the church, while his mother gave ...

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Herkomer, Sir Hubert von (1849–1914), painter and illustrator, was born on 26 May 1849 in Waal, Bavaria, the only child of Lorenz Herkomer (1825–1888), a builder and woodcarver, and his wife, Josephine Niggl (1826–1879), born in the nearby village of Denklingen, Bavaria, who was a gifted pianist and music teacher. The ...

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Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849–1914) self-portrait, c. 1888 courtesy of Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

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Lawless, Matthew James (1837–1864), painter and illustrator, was born in Dublin, the son of Barry Edward Lawless, a solicitor, of 13 Harcourt Street. His family moved to London in 1845. He was educated at Prior Park School, Bath, but his studies were constantly interrupted by poor health. On leaving he moved to ...

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Macpherson [née Bate], Gerardine [Geddie] (1830/31–1878), biographer and book illustrator, was born probably in London, the elder child of Henry Bate, a Leicester artist, and his wife, Louisa, née Murphy, the sister of Anna Brownell Jameson (1794–1860), a well-known writer on art and literature. After ...

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May, Philip William [Phil] (1864–1903), illustrator, was born at 66 Wallace Street, New Wortley, Leeds, on 22 April 1864, the second son and seventh child of Philip William May (1823–1873), an engineer, and his wife, Sarah Jane Macarthy (1828–1912). His grandfather, Charles May...

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Philip William May (1864–1903) self-portrait, c. 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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See McIan [née Whitaker], Frances Matilda [Fanny]

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Partridge, Sir (John) Bernard (1861–1945), cartoonist and illustrator, was born in London on 11 October 1861, the sixth child and third son of Richard Partridge FRS (1805–1873) and his wife, Frances Janette (Fanny) Turner. His father was professor of anatomy at the Royal Academy...

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Sir (John) Bernard Partridge (1861–1945) by Emil Otto Hoppé, 1915 by permission of the E. O. Hoppé Trust, Curatorial Assistance, Inc., Los Angeles; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Railton, Herbert (1857–1910), illustrator, was born on 21 November 1857 at Brownlow House, Pleasington, near Blackburn, Lancashire, the fourth child in the Roman Catholic family of John Railton, an iron- and brass-founder and a JP. He was the eldest of his father's three children from his second marriage, to ...

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Ryan, John Gerald Christopher (1921–2009), children's author and illustrator, was born at 9 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, on 4 March 1921, the youngest of four sons of the Irish-born British diplomat Sir Andrew Ryan (1876–1949) and his wife, Ruth Marguerite, née van Millingen (1883–1975)...