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Bell [née Hamilton], Maria, Lady Bell (1755–1825), painter and sculptor, was born on 26 December 1755 in Chelsea, Middlesex, and baptized on 28 December at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster, the daughter of William Hamilton, an architect of Scottish descent, and his wife, Sarah...

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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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Evesham, Epiphanius (fl. 1570–c. 1623), sculptor, painter, and metal-engraver, was born in or before 1570, perhaps on the feast day of the Epiphany (6 January), the fourteenth and youngest son of William Evesham (1518/19–1584) and his wife, Jane (d. 1570), daughter of ...

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Laing, Gerald Ogilvie- (1936–2011), painter, sculptor, and print-maker, was born Gerald Ogilvie Laing at 69 Grange Road, Newcastle, on 11 February 1936, the son of Gerald Francis Laing (1913–1969), then a director of a company making drawing instruments, and his wife, Enid Moody, ...

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Martin, Kenneth Laurence (1905–1984), painter and sculptor, was born on 13 April 1905 at 22 Idsworth Road, Sheffield, the son of Hugh Martin (d. 1923/4), a foreman at steel rolling mills, and his wife, Letitia, née Townsend. He studied at the Sheffield College of Art...

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Thomas Lowinsky

revised by J. G. P. Delaney

Philpot, Glyn Warren (1884–1937), painter and sculptor, was born on 5 October 1884 in London, the youngest of five children of John Philpot (1849–1927), surveyor, and his wife, Jessie Carpenter (1842?–1892), who died when Philpot was seven. He showed a precocious aptitude for drawing, and at thirteen began printing little booklets whose woodcut decorations show a debt to ...

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See Stone, Nicholas

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Walter Armstrong

revised by Jennifer Melville

Swan, John Macallan (1847–1910), painter and sculptor, was born on 9 December 1847 at Brentford in Middlesex. His parents, Robert Wemyss Swan, a civil engineer, and Elizabeth Macallan, were both Scottish. Swan's sister Alice Macallan Swan (1864–1939) was also a gifted artist and was trained by her much older brother ...

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Turnbull, William [Bill] (1922–2012), sculptor and painter, was born on 11 January 1922 at 56 Watson Street, Dundee, the only child of John Turnbull, an iron turner and later an engineer in the Dundee shipyards, and his wife, Connie Simpson, née McKay (1894–1945)...

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Walker, Dame Ethel (1861–1951), painter and sculptor, was born in Melville Street, Edinburgh, on 9 June 1861, the younger child of Arthur Abney Walker and his second wife, Isabella Robertson. In the early 1870s Arthur Walker moved his family from Clifton House, Rotherham, Yorkshire...

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Dame Ethel Walker (1861–1951) self-portrait, c. 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Watts, George Frederic (1817–1904), painter and sculptor, was born on 23 February 1817 at 52 Queen Street, Bryanston Square, Marylebone, Middlesex, the eldest child of the second marriage of George Watts (1775–1845), pianoforte maker and tuner, and his wife, Harriet Ann (1786/7–1826), daughter of ...

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F. M. O'Donoghue

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Woodington, William Frederick (1806–1893), sculptor and painter, was born at Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, on 10 February 1806. He moved to London in 1815, and about 1820 was apprenticed to Robert William Sievier, who was at that time practising engraving but who shortly afterwards turned to sculpture, as did ...

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F. M. O'Donoghue

revised by John Martin Robinson

Wyatt, Matthew Cotes (1777–1862), painter and sculptor, was born in London and baptized on 29 May 1778 at St Marylebone parish church, the youngest son of the architect James Wyatt (1746–1813) and his wife, Rachel, née Lunn (d. 1817). His brother was the architect ...