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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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Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink (1930–1993) self-portrait, 1987 Estate of Dame Elisabeth Frink; courtesy of Fischer Fine Arts

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Frink, Dame Elisabeth Jean (1930–1993), sculptor and printmaker, was born on 14 November 1930 at The Grange, Thurlow, Suffolk, the only daughter of Ralph Cuyler Frink (1899–1974), cavalry officer, and his wife, Jean Conway-Gordon (b. 1910), a colonel's daughter.

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Gertrude Anna Bertha Hermes (1901–1983) self-portrait, 1949 © Simon Hughes-Stanton & Judith Russell; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hermes, Gertrude Anna Bertha (1901–1983), printmaker, sculptor, and designer, was born on 18 August 1901 at Altena, Bickley, Kent, the second of five children of German-born parents, Louis August Hermes (1866–1949) and his wife, Helene, née Gerdes (1872–1949), of Altena, near Dortmund. Her father, who had lived in ...

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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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Lane, Richard James (1800–1872), lithographer and sculptor, was born on 16 February 1800 at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, the second son of the Revd Theophilus Lane (1764–1814), prebendary of Hereford Cathedral, and his wife, Sophia, née Gardiner, the niece of the painter Thomas Gainsborough...

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Milton, John (1759–1805), seal engraver and medallist, was born on 19 July 1759, the son of William Milton (1727–1790), engraver, and his wife, Clare Coffin; he was a grandson of the noted Bristol engraver, William Milton (bap. 1699). In 1785 John married ...

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Moore, Joseph (1817–1892), medallist and die-sinker, was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 17 February 1817, the son of Edwin Moore, a builder of hothouses, who temporarily left his business during the Peninsular War (1807–14) and in a fit of enthusiasm joined the 10th hussars...

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Peter Laszlo Peri (1899–1967) by Wolfgang Suschitzky © Wolfgang Suschitzky / Leeds Museums & Galleries (Henry Moore Institute Archive)

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Peri, Peter Laszlo [formerly Ladislas Weisz] (1899–1967), sculptor and etcher, was born on 13 June 1899 in Budapest, Hungary, the eldest of the eight children of Emanuel (Mano) Weisz, tailor and railway porter, and Amalia Goldstein. Pre-1914 antisemitism in Hungary led the family to change its name to ...

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Pingo family (per. c. 1690–1815), clockmakers, engravers, and medallists, was established in London in the 1670s. It is believed that the name Pingo or Pingoe—as it was formerly, and occasionally, styled—comes from Devon, where members of the Pyncowe, Pinchoe, and Pinkoe families were living between the 1480s and 1640s....

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Rawlins, Thomas (c. 1620–1670), engraver, medallist, and playwright, is of unknown origin. Best known for his skills and services as an engraver, he initially made his name as a playwright in 1640 when he published The Rebellion, a tragedy set in Seville, which he dedicated to ...

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Roettier [Roettiers] family (per. c. 1620–1784), die-engravers and medallists, came to prominence with Philip Roettiers (1596–1669). He was born in Antwerp on 20 December 1596, was a goldsmith by training and a medallist by speciality; indeed, he was the founder of a dynasty of engravers and medallists who for two centuries graced their art and were of service in various capacities to the kings of ...

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Sievier, Robert William (1794–1865), engraver, sculptor, and scientist, was born in London on 24 July 1794. He decided to become an engraver after gaining a silver medal from the Society of Arts in 1812 for a pen-and-ink drawing. He trained under John Young...

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Simon, Thomas (bap. 1618, d. 1665), medallist and seal-engraver, was baptized on 26 April 1618 at the French protestant church in Threadneedle Street, London. He was the fourth son of Peter (or Pierre) Simon, a merchant, a native of London but of French descent, and his wife, ...

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Tanner, John Sigismund (c. 1704–1775), engraver and medallist, was born in Saxe-Gotha. Early in his life he was an engraver of snuff-boxes and gun locks. He moved to England in 1728 and in January 1729 was appointed probationer engraver by John Conduitt, master of the ...