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Allston, Washington (1779–1843), painter and poet, was born on 5 November 1779 at Brook Green domain, All Saints' parish, in the district of Georgetown, South Carolina, the second of the two children of William Allston junior (d. 1781), a captain in General Francis Marion's...

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Colquhoun, (Margaret) Ithell (1906–1988), painter and poet, was born on 9 October 1906 at Shillong, Assam, India, the daughter of Henry Archibald Colebrooke Colquhoun (1870–1942), assistant to the political agent in Manipur, and Georgia Frances Ithell Manley (b. 1873). She was educated at ...

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Dubsky, Mario Peter (1939–1985), painter and poet, was conceived in Vienna and born in London on 14 May 1939. He was one of two sons, non-identical twins, whose parents were refugees from Austria. His parents, who later had a daughter, were Christians of Jewish origin who spoke German at home when he was young; they made belts and decorative flowers from leather. He failed the 11-plus examination twice, and was educated at a progressive school, ...

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Heere, Lucas de (1534–1584), painter and poet, was born in Ghent, the second son of Jan de Heere, a sculptor, and Anna Smijters, a miniaturist. Having presumably received some training at home, he was apprenticed to Frans Floris. The painter and biographer Karel van Mander...

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Henri, Adrian Maurice (1932–2000), poet and painter, was born on 10 April 1932 in the maternity hospital at Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, the eldest child of Arthur Maurice Henri (1898–1970), a dancing instructor and war department clerk, and Emma Johnson (d. 1970). His paternal grandfather, ...

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Jones, (Walter) David Michael [pseud. Dai Greatcoat] (1895–1974), painter and poet, was born on 1 November 1895 in Brockley, Kent, the younger son and youngest of three children of James Jones, printer, from Holywell, Flintshire, and his wife, Alice Ann, former governess, daughter of ...

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Ketel, Cornelis Govertszoon (1548–1616), painter and poet, was born in Gouda in the Netherlands on 18 March 1548. He was the illegitimate son of Elysabeth Jacobsdochter Ketel (d. 1582) and Govert Janszoon van Proyen (d. 1574), who was related to the ...

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Killigrew, Anne (1660–1685), poet and painter, was born in St Martin's Lane, London, the daughter of Dr Henry Killigrew (1613–1700), chaplain and almoner to the duke of York, master of the Savoy, and prebendary of Westminster, and his wife, Judith (d. 1683)...

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Anne Killigrew (1660–1685) self-portrait The Berkeley Castle Will Trust. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Loy [formerly Lowy; married names Haweis, Lloyd], Mina Gertrude (1882–1966), poet and painter, was born on 27 December 1882 in Hampstead, London, the first of the three daughters of Sigmund Felix Lowy (1848–1917), a Hungarian Jewish tailor, and Julia Bryan (1860–1942)...

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Reynolds, Frances [Fanny] (1729–1807), painter, poet, and writer on art, was born on 10 May 1729 in Plympton Erle, Devon, where she was baptized on 6 June, the youngest daughter of eleven children of the Revd Samuel Reynolds (1681–1745), master of the local grammar school, and his wife, ...

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828–1882), painter and poet, was born on 12 May 1828 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, the second child of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854) and Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori (1800–1886). He was baptized at All Souls, Langham Place, London...

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, David (1806–1849), painter and poet, was born on 10 or 12 October 1806 at Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh, the fifth child of Robert Scott (1777–1841), an engraver, and his wife, Ross Bell, whom he married in 1800. The deaths of his four elder brothers within a few days of each other in 1807 had a devastating and lasting effect on his deeply religious parents, who soon after moved to ...

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Maker: David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

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David Scott (1806–1849) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Scott, William Bell (1811–1890), poet and painter, was the son of an Edinburgh engraver, Robert Scott (1777–1841) and his wife, Ross, daughter of Robert Bell, mason. He was the younger brother of the painter and poet David Scott (1806–1849). William Bell Scott had five older brothers, but four of them had died in an epidemic in 1807, leaving ...

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William Bell Scott (1811–1890) by Frederick Bacon Barwell, 1877 © National Portrait Gallery, London