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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper, (Arthur William) Douglas (1911–1984), art historian and collector, was born at 49 Sloane Gardens, Chelsea, London, on 20 February 1911, the first of three sons (there were no daughters) of Arthur Hamilton Cooper, captain in the Essex regiment and of independent means, and his wife, ...

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Fortnum, Charles Drury Edward (1820–1899), art collector and art historian, was born on 2 March 1820 in Holloway, London, the son of Charles Fortnum (1770–1860), merchant, and his second wife, Laetitia Stephens (1782–1853), widow of Lieutenant Robert Basden RN (d. 1810). He was baptized ...

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Charles Drury Edward Fortnum (1820–1899) by Charles Alexander Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Harari, Ralph Andrew (1893–1969), merchant banker and art scholar and collector, was born on 28 October 1893 in Cairo, the third child and elder son of Sir Victor Harari Pasha, civil servant, financier, and leading member of Egypt's Anglo-Jewish community, and his wife, ...

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Horne, Herbert Percy (1864–1916), architect, art collector, and art historian, was born at 10 Russell Square, London, on 18 February 1864, the son of Horace Horne (d. 1894), architect, and his wife, Hannah Louisa Gibson (d. 1903). After attending Miss Moore's day school...

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Mahon, Sir (John) Denis (1910–2011), art historian and collector, was born on 8 November 1910 at 33 Cadogan Square, Chelsea, London, the only child of John FitzGerald Mahon (1858–1942), fourth son of the Revd Sir William Mahon, fourth baronet, of Castlegar, co. Galway...

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Sir (John) Denis Mahon (1910–2011) by Lucy Anne Dickens, 2001 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mitchell, William (1821/2–1908), print collector and connoisseur, had Scottish and German connections. From the evidence of the 1861, 1871, and 1901 census returns he appears to have been born a British subject in Baden, Germany, though his parentage remains unknown. Sidney Colvin, former keeper of the ...

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Oppé, Adolph Paul (1878–1957), art historian and art collector, was born at 157 The Grove, Camberwell, London, on 22 September 1878, the third son of Siegmund Armin Oppé, a silk merchant, and his wife, Pauline Jaffé. His birth certificate gives his name as ...

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Rawlinson, William George (1840–1928), art historian and collector, was born on 23 December 1840 in Silver Street, Taunton, Somerset, the only son of William Rawlinson, who owned a silk mill there, and his wife, Harriet Jeboult. Nothing is known of his education; about 1865 young ...

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Rogers, Charles (1711–1784), art collector and connoisseur, born on 2 August 1711, was the second surviving son of William and Isabella Rogers of Dean Street, Soho, London. He received his elementary education at a private school near the Mews, Dean Street. In May 1731 he was appointed as a clerk in the custom house under ...

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Rushout, John, second Baron Northwick (1769–1859), collector and art connoisseur, was born on 16 February 1769, the eldest son in the family of two sons and three daughters of Sir John Rushout (d. 1800), later first Baron Northwick, and his wife, Rebecca...

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Seilern und Aspang, Count Antoine Edward (1901–1978), art historian and collector, was born at Frensham Place, Farnham, Surrey, on 17 September 1901, the youngest of three sons of Count Carl Seilern und Aspang (1866–1940) and his American-born wife, Antoinette, née Woerishoffer (1875–1901), who died five days after his birth. Brought up by his adored grandmother ...

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Count Antoine Edward Seilern und Aspang (1901–1978) by unknown photographer The Courtauld Institute Gallery, Somerset House, London