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Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...

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Chalmers, George Paul (1833–1878), portrait and landscape painter, the son of Stewart Chalmers (1804–1848), seaman and captain of a coasting vessel, and Marjory Torrie (1810–1879), barmaid and innkeeper, was born in Montrose on 12 November 1833. He was educated at the burgh school and thereafter apprenticed to ...

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Devas, (Thomas) Anthony (1911–1958), portrait, still-life, and landscape painter, was born on 8 January 1911 in Bromley, Kent, the second son of the four children of Thomas Gronow Devas, chairman of the City of London wholesale textile firm Devas Routledge, and his wife, ...

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Groombridge, William (1748–1811), miniature and landscape painter, was born near Tunbridge Wells, Kent (possibly at Goudhurst); he may have been the William Groombridge, son of Henry and Philadelphia, who was baptized at Tonbridge, Kent, on 12 December 1750. He was probably a pupil of a local watercolourist, the elder ...

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Harvey, Sir George (1806–1876), figure and landscape painter, was born at St Ninians, Stirlingshire, on 1 February 1806, the son of George Harvey (d. 1835), a watchmaker, and his wife, Elizabeth Jeffrey. Shortly after his birth the family settled in Stirling where ...

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Haytley, Edward (fl. 1740–1764), portrait and landscape painter, is of unknown origins. Given his professional contacts with Arthur Devis and the connections of many of his sitters he may have come from Lancashire. The earliest reference to him is in a letter, dated 21 August 1740, from ...

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J. L. Caw

revised by Elizabeth S. Cumming

Henderson, Joseph (1832–1908), portrait and marine painter, was born on 10 June 1832 at Stanley, Perthshire, the third and elder twin son of a builder and railway contractor, Joseph Henderson, and his wife, Marjory Slater. The family moved to Edinburgh, where the father died about 1840 in impoverished circumstances. All four boys were sent to work at a very early age: ...

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Miles, George Francis [Frank] (1852–1891), portrait and landscape painter, was born at Bingham, Nottinghamshire, on 22 April 1852, the sixth and youngest son of Robert Henry William Miles, rector of Bingham, and his wife, Mary Ellin, daughter of the Revd J. J. Cleaver (afterwards Peach)...

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R. E. Graves

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Mole, John Henry (1814–1886), miniature and landscape painter, was born at Alnwick, Northumberland. He worked as a clerk in a solicitor's office in Newcastle upon Tyne for some years, joining an artists' society in the city before becoming a professional miniature painter in 1835. A regular contributor to exhibitions in ...

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Raphael, Sarah Natasha (1960–2001), painter, was born on 10 August 1960 at the Old Mill House, East Bergholt, Suffolk (said to have been the cottage of John Constable's father), the only daughter and second of the three children of Frederic Michael Raphael (...

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Reid, (Anne Margaret) Nano (1900–1981), landscape and figure painter, was born on 1 March 1900 at 17 Magdalene Street, Drogheda, co. Louth, Ireland, the second of four children of Thomas Reid (1862–1933), publican and grocer, and his wife, Anne Downey (d. 1924)...

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Ross, Joseph Thorburn (1849–1903), landscape and figure painter, was born at Berwick upon Tweed on 15 May 1849, the youngest child of two sons and two daughters of the painter Robert Thorburn Ross (1816–1876) and his wife, Margaret Scott. His elder sister, Christina Paterson Ross (1843–1906)...

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Sargent, John Singer (1856–1925), portrait and landscape painter and muralist, was born probably on 12 January 1856 in Florence, in the Casa Arretini, next to the Palazzo Sperini, in the Lungarno Acciaioli on the left bank. The family celebrated his birthday on that date but some family letters give his date of birth as 10 January. He was the eldest surviving child of American parents, ...

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John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) by unknown photographer, c. 1886 [in his Paris studio] Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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Solomons [married name Starkey], Estella Frances (1882–1968), landscape and portrait painter, was born on 2 April 1882 at 32 Waterloo Road, Dublin, the elder daughter of Maurice E. Solomons, optician, and his wife, Rosa Jane Jacobs. As a girl she attended the ...

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Stump, Samuel John (bap. 1783, d. 1863), miniature and landscape painter, was born at Corsham, Wiltshire, where he was baptized on 29 February 1776, the son of John Stump and his wife Betty. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London and exhibited at the academy from 1802 to 1845, sending mainly miniatures as well as a few oil portraits and landscape views. He exhibited miniatures with the ...

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Tuke, Henry Scott [Harry] (1858–1929), landscape and figure painter, was born at Lawrence House, St Lawrence, York, on 12 June 1858, the second son of Daniel Hack Tuke (1827–1895), a physician, and his wife, Esther Maria Stickney (1826–1917), of Ridgmont, Holderness. His great-grandfather ...

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Henry Scott Tuke (1858–1929) self-portrait, 1920 © Royal Institution of Cornwall

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Webber, John (1751–1793), landscape and portrait painter, was born in London on 6 October 1751, the second and probably oldest surviving of six children of Abraham Wäber (1715–1780), a Swiss sculptor from Bern, Switzerland, who moved to London in the early 1740s, Anglicized his name, and married ...

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Sir (John) Kyffin Williams (1918–2006) by David Carpanini, 1987 © David Carpanini; by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales