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Adams, Norman Edward Albert (1927–2005), artist, was born on 9 February 1927 in a flat at 74 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, Essex, the only child of Albert Henry Adams (1900–1975), a London Transport clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred Rose, née Humphries (1906–2000). The family moved shortly afterwards to ...

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Barnard, Lambert (d. 1567/8), painter and calligrapher, may have been the son of a Dutch émigré rumoured to have come to England in the latter decades of the fifteenth century (Croft-Murray, 110), but further details of his parents and place of birth are unknown. He was perhaps born in the early 1490s, as his son ...

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Bellany, John (1942–2013), painter and print-maker, was born at 8 Gosford Road, Port Seton, East Lothian, a fishing village on the Firth of Forth, on 18 June 1942, the son of Richard Paterson Weatherhead (Dick) Bellany (1911–1985), a fisherman then serving in the ...

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Benjamin, Anthony (1931–2002), artist, was born Anthony Benjamin Brown on 29 March 1931 at Nelson Villa, Wickham Road, Boarhunt, Hampshire, the only son of Albert Benjamin Brown, accountant and later instrument maker, and his wife, Edna Grace, née Mott. His childhood was itinerant and he later claimed to have attended over twenty schools. From 1946 to 1949 he studied engineering at ...

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Sandra Betty Blow (1925–2006) by Roger Mayne, 1966 © Roger Mayne / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blow, Sandra Betty (1925–2006), painter and collagist, was born on 14 September 1925, at 64 Manor Road, Stoke Newington, London, the only daughter of Jacob (Jack) Blow, a fruit wholesaler at Spitalfields market in Shoreditch, and his wife, Leah (Lily), née Rubinstein. She was of Jewish descent. Her brothers, ...

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Bowen, Denis Arthur (1921–2006), painter, was born on 5 April 1921 at Zantespans Drift Farm, near Kimberley, South Africa, one of two sons and two daughters of Alan Bowen, a farmer originally from Cardigan, and his wife, Bertha, née Jones. Orphaned young, he went to ...

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Brown, Frederick (1851–1941), painter, was born at Chelmsford on 14 March 1851, the third child and second son of the seven children of William Brown, an artist who did armorial painting on carriages and taught drawing, and his wife, Susan Brewster. He was educated at ...

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Buckett, Rowland (bap. 1571, d. 1639), decorative painter and joiner, the son of Mighell (or Michael) Buckett, a Dutch- or German-born cordwainer, was baptized at St Clement Danes, London, on 25 November 1571. Buckett became a prominent member of the Painter–Stainers' Company of ...

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Caulfield, Patrick Joseph (1936–2005), painter, was born on 29 January 1936 at 17 All Saints Road, Acton, London, the son of Patrick Caulfield, plate layer, and his wife, Annie, née Gill. During the Second World War the family lived in Bolton, Lancashire, where ...

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Deverell, Walter Howell (1827–1854), painter, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, on 1 October 1827, the eldest child in the family of five sons and three daughters of Walter Ruding Deverell (1800–1853), originally from Lincolnshire, and his wife, Dorothy Margaretta, née Phillips (1799–1850)...

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Walter Howell Deverell (1827–1854) by William Holman Hunt, 1853 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; photograph Bridgeman Art Library

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Douthwaite, Patricia Morgan Graham [Pat] (1934–2002), artist, was born on 28 July 1934 in a nursing home at 29 Park Circus, Glasgow, the daughter of Thomas Leslie Douthwaite, a chemicals salesman for ICI, and his wife, (Winifred) Rachael, née McKean. Throughout her life ...

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Ellenshaw, Peter (1913–2007), special effects artist and landscape painter, was born William Samuel Cook Ellenshaw at 76 Chatham Road, Battersea, London, on 24 May 1913, the son of Adeline Eyles. His mother was named on his birth certificate as Alice Ellenshaw, formerly Eyles...

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Fesenmaier, Helene Marie (1937–2013), artist, was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, USA, on 31 August 1937, the elder daughter of Otto Bernard Fesenmaier (1907–1974), physician, and his wife, Helene Marie, née Perlowski (1916–2007), interior designer. After studying at the local high school she went to ...

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Helene Marie Fesenmaier (1937–2013) by unknown photographer, 1980s © reserved

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Francia, Peter Laurent de (1921–2012), artist and educator, was born Pierre Laurent Joseph Antoine Ferdinand de Francia at Beaulieu sur Mer, Alpes Maritimes, France, on 25 January 1921, the only child of (Francis) Fernand de Francia, otherwise Francis Joseph de Francia (d...

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Freud, Lucian Michael (1922–2011), painter, was born on 8 December 1922 in the district of Lützow in Berlin, the second of three sons of Ernst Ludwig Freud (1892–1970), architect (and youngest son of Sigmund Freud), and his wife, Lucie, née Brasch (1896–1989)...

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Lucian Michael Freud (1922–2011) by Lucian Freud, 1985 [Reflection (Self Portrait)] © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Art Library