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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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Baker, Charles Henry Collins (1880–1959), art historian and painter, was born on 24 January 1880 at Bay Hill, Ilminster, Somerset, the son of John Collins Baker, solicitor, and his wife, Fanny Henrietta Remmett. He was educated at Berkhamsted before attending the Royal Academy Schools...

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Beale, (Sarah) Sophia (1837–1920), writer on art and painter, was born on 5 November 1837 in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the daughter of Lionel John Beale (1796–1871), surgeon, and Frances Smith, née Sheppard (1800–1849). She was the sister of Lionel Smith Beale (1828–1906)...

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Bowler, Henry Alexander (1824–1903), painter and art administrator, was born on 30 November 1824 in Kensington, London, the son of Charles Bowler and his wife, Frances Anne. After attending private schools he studied art at James Matthews Leigh's school of painting in Newman Street, London...

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Burchett, Richard (1815–1875), painter and art teacher, was born on 30 January 1815 in Brighton, Sussex. He was educated at the London Mechanics' Institution before entering the Government School of Design in Somerset House, set up in 1837 to train designers for industry. In 1845 he led a group of students who complained to the ...

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Burnet, John (1784–1868), painter, engraver, and writer on art, was born in Musselburgh, Edinburghshire, on 20 March 1784, the elder son of George Burnet, surveyor-general of excise for Scotland, and his wife, Anne Cruikshank. His younger brother was the landscape artist James M. Burnet...

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Francis Stephen Cary (1808–1880) by James Hayllar, 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cary, Francis Stephen (1808–1880), painter and art teacher, was born at Kingsbury, Warwickshire, on 10 May 1808, the son of the Revd Henry Francis Cary (1772–1844), translator of Dante, and his wife, Jane (1777–1832), daughter of James Ormsby of Sandymount, near Dublin. In 1810 he moved with his family to ...

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R. C. Christie

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Christie, Alexander (1807–1860), painter and art teacher, was born in Edinburgh, the son of David Christie; his paternal great-uncle was the schoolmaster and grammarian Hugh Christie (1710–1774). Christie attended the Edinburgh Academy, and, with the intention of becoming a lawyer, enrolled at Edinburgh University...

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Cursiter, Stanley (1887–1976), painter, museum director, and cartographer, was born on 29 April 1887 at Kirkwall, Orkney, the fourth of four children of John Scott Cursiter (1850–1896), baker and spirit merchant, and his wife, Mary Johan, daughter of John Thomson of Newark in ...

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Daghani [formerly Korn; Dagani], Arnold (1909–1985), artist and writer, was born Arnold Korn on 22 February 1909, in Suczawa, Bukovina, on the eastern borders of the Austro-Hungarian empire (later Suceava, Romania), to a Jewish family, the youngest child of Viktor Korn (...

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Douglas, Sir William Fettes (1822–1891), painter, antiquary, and curator, was born in the parish of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1822, eldest son of Douglas James Douglas, accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Martha Brook, great-niece of Sir William Fettes, bt...

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Doyle, Henry Edward (1827–1892), painter and museum director, was born in Dublin, the third of seven children of John Doyle (1797–1868) and his wife, Marianna Conan (d. 1832). John Doyle, also born in Dublin, had trained initially as a miniature painter with ...

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Duval [Fortuyn], Robert (1649–1732), painter and art administrator, was born in The Hague, Holland. Of his parents, nothing is known. He first worked as a pupil of the artist Nicolaes Willingh and subsequently studied and worked in Berlin and at Rome (where he was known as ...

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Sir Charles Lock Eastlake (1793–1865) by John Prescott Knight, exh. RA 1857 © Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Eastlake, Sir Charles Lock (1793–1865), painter and art administrator, was born at Plymouth on 17 November 1793, the fourth son of George Eastlake (d. 1820), judge-advocate and solicitor to the Admiralty, and his wife, Mary (d. 1823), daughter of Samuel Pierce...

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See Evans, William [known as William Evans of Eton]

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Forge, Andrew Murray (1923–2002), painter and art critic, was born on 10 November 1923 at Little Coombe, Hastingleigh, Kent, the younger son (there were no daughters) of (Sidney) Wallace Forge, farmer, and his wife, Johannah Ruth (Joanna), daughter of Joseph Bliss, businessman and Liberal MP. The ...

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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...