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Abrahams, Ivor (1935–2015), painter, printmaker, and art teacher, was born on 10 January 1935 at 10 Swinley Road, Wigan, Lancashire, the only son and elder child of Hyman (Harry) Abrahams, ladies’ outfitter, and his wife, Rachel (née Kalisky, later Kay). At the time of his birth registration the family lived at ...

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Badmin, Stanley Roy (1906–1989), illustrator, painter, and printmaker, was born at 8A Niederwald Road, Sydenham, London, on 18 April 1906, the second child of Charles James Badmin, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Margaret (Madge) Raine, both of whom had come from Somerset. Important in his development into the essential illustrator of the English countryside were family holidays to ...

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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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Bliss, Douglas Percy (1900–1984), painter and printmaker, was born on 28 January 1900 at Karachi, then part of British India, the son of Joseph Bliss (1868–1936), pharmacist, and Isabel Douglas Percy (1868–1966). He was educated in Scotland, where he attended George Watson's College...

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Brockhurst, Gerald Leslie (1890–1978), painter and printmaker, was born on 31 October 1890 at 106 Summer Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, and registered as the fourth son of Arthur Brockhurst, a coal merchant, and his wife, Amelia, née Ward. The various mythologies surrounding his early life established a pattern of lifelong ambiguities and energetic self-promotion. By 1901 he was registered at the ...

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Copley, John (1875–1950), printmaker and painter, was born on 25 June 1875 at his parents' home, Fallowfield, in Manchester, the only child of William Crawford Williamson (1816–1895), professor of botany at Manchester University and founder of palaeobotany, and his second wife, Annie Copley Heaton (1840?–1929?)...

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Dawe, Henry Edward (1790–1848), painter and printmaker, was born on 24 September 1790 in Kentish Town, London, the second son of Philip Dawe (1745?–1809?), an engraver and caricaturist. Initially he was taught by his father, and then, like his elder brother George Dawe (1781–1829)...

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Detmold, (Charles) Maurice (1883–1908), painter and printmaker, was born in Putney, London, on 21 November 1883, the son of Edward Detmold, electrical engineer, and his wife, Mary Agnes Luck. His mother may have died in childbirth as Maurice and his twin brother, Edward Julius Detmold...

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Evans, Merlyn Oliver (1910–1973), painter and printmaker, was born in Llandaff, Cardiff, on 13 March 1910, the only child of Pryce Oliver Evans, an analytic chemist, and his wife, Minnie Veronica Edwards, a former nurse. Although the family moved to Rutherglen, Glasgow, in 1913, ...

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Gainsborough, Thomas (1727–1788), painter and printmaker, was probably born in Sudbury, Suffolk, and was baptized there at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John Gainsborough (c.1683–1748), publican, clothier, and postmaster, and his wife, ...

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) self-portrait, c. 1787 © Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2004

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Geikie, Walter (1795–1837), painter and printmaker, was born in Charles Street, Edinburgh, on 9 November 1795, the son of Archibald Geikie, a pharmacist. Before he was two, according to his early biographer, Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, Geikie suffered 'a nervous fever' which left him deaf and dumb. He then became a pupil of ...

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Hayter, Stanley William (1901–1988), painter and printmaker, was born in Hackney on 27 December 1901, the third of four children (two sons and two daughters) of William Harry Hayter, painter, and his wife, Ellen Mercy Palmer. Among his many artist ancestors was Sir George Hayter...

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Stanley William Hayter (1901–1988) by Jorge Lewinski, 1968 © Burlington / Lewinski Archive; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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