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Beckett, Ronald Brymer (1891–1970), administrator in India and art historian, was born on 17 January 1891 in Micklefield Terrace, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of James Robertson Beckett (1855–1923), manager in a firm of silk and woollen merchants, and his wife, Annie Bertha Murray (1864–1952)...

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Sir Sidney Colvin (1845–1927) by Alphonse Legros, 1893 © Copyright The British Museum

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Colvin, Sir Sidney (1845–1927), art and literary scholar and museum administrator, was born at Norwood, Surrey, on 18 June 1845, the youngest of the three children (all sons) who survived infancy of Bazett David Colvin (1805–1871), East India merchant, and his wife, Mary Steuart (1821–1902)...

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Hardie, Martin (1875–1952), art historian and art administrator, was born at 1 Clifton Villas, Pancras, London, on 15 December 1875, the son of James Hardie of East Linton, near Dunbar, and his wife, Marion Pettie. Two of his uncles, John Pettie (1839–1893) and ...

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Martin Hardie (1875–1952) by James McBey by kind permission of the family of James and Marguerite McBey; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections

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Hutchison, Sidney Charles (1912–2000), art administrator and art historian, was born on 26 March 1912 at 14 Swinton Street, St Pancras, London, the only child of Henry Hutchison, carpenter, and his wife, Augusta Rose, née Timmons, who died three weeks after his birth. His paternal grandmother and his paternal grandfather, a piano maker, brought him up with the assistance of five aunts. At an early age ...

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Rothenstein, Sir John Knewstub Maurice (1901–1992), art historian and administrator, was born at 1 Pembroke Cottages, Kensington, London, on 11 July 1901, the elder son (of four children) of the artist Sir William Rothenstein (1872–1945) and Alice Mary (1869–1955), eldest daughter of another artist, ...

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Waterhouse, Sir Ellis Kirkham (1905–1985), art historian and administrator, was born in Lynwood Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, on 16 February 1905, the only child of (Percy) Leslie Waterhouse, architect, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1905), daughter of William Margetson of Streatham. From Marlborough College...

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Sir Ellis Kirkham Waterhouse (1905–1985) by T. & R. Annan & Sons, c. 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London