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Daintrey, Adrian Maurice (1902–1988), artist and art critic, was born on 23 June 1902 at Foulsa Road, Balham, London, the youngest of the three children of Ernest Daintrey, solicitor, and his wife, Lucy Mary Blagdon. His talent for drawing was the only distinction to emerge from his schooldays at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Eagles, John (1783–1855), art critic and poet, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 8 November 1783 in the parish of St Augustine, the second of the two children, and only son, of Thomas Eagles (bap. 1746, d. 1812), merchant and classical scholar, and his wife, ...

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A. F. Pollard

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Merritt, Henry (1822–1877), picture conservator and art critic, was born in Oxford on 8 June 1822, the son of Joseph Merritt, a tailor. The fifth of nine children, his early years were passed in considerable poverty. His mother encouraged his education at an infant school, and, from the age of eleven, at the ...

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Austin Dobson

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Monkhouse, William Cosmo (1840–1901), poet and art critic, born in London on 18 March 1840, was the son of Cyril John Monkhouse, a solicitor, and his wife, Amelia Maria Delafosse, who was of a Huguenot family which came to England after the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He entered ...

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Palgrave, Francis Turner [Frank] (1824–1897), anthologist and art critic, was born on 28 September 1824 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the house of his maternal grandparents, Dawson Turner, a banker, and Mary Turner, née Palgrave. He was the eldest of the four sons of ...

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Francis Turner Palgrave (1824–1897) by Samuel Laurence, 1872 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Propert, John Lumsden (1834–1902), physician and art critic, was born on 9 April 1834, the son of John Propert (1792–1867), surgeon, and his wife, Juliana Ross. His father founded in 1855 the Royal Medical Benevolent College, Epsom, and served as its treasurer. Propert...

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Reade, Brian Edmund (1913–1989), art historian and critic, was born on 13 January 1913 at Holwood, 42 Trumlands Road, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, the second child and only son of Thomas Glover Reade (1870–1952) and Susan Mary (1873–1960), daughter of the Hon. William King...

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Ruskin, John (1819–1900), art critic and social critic, was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square, London, the only child of John James Ruskin (1785–1864), a sherry importer, and Margaret Cox, formerly Cock (1781–1871), the daughter of a Croydon...

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John Ruskin (1819–1900) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1853–4 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Paulina Jermyn Trevelyan, Lady Trevelyan (1816–1866) by William Bell Scott, 1864 National Trust Photographic Library

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Trevelyan, Paulina Jermyn [Pauline] [née Paulina Jermyn], Lady Trevelyan (1816–1866), art patron and critic, was born on 25 January 1816 at Hawkedon, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the eldest of the seven children of the Revd Dr George Bitton Jermyn (1789–1857), vicar of ...

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Webb, Daniel (c. 1719–1798), art critic, born at Maidstown, co. Limerick, was the eldest son of Captain Daniel Webb and his wife, Dorothea Leake of Maidstown Castle. His brother Thomas was dean of Kilmere. Webb matriculated at New College, Oxford, on 13 June 1735. In his first work, ...