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Fagg, William [Bill] Buller (1914–1992), ethnologist and art historian, was born on 28 April 1914 at 24 St Aubyn's Road, Upper Norwood, London, the elder son and first of two children of William Percy Fagg (d. 1939), antiquarian bookseller, and his wife, ...

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Nicolete Mary Gray (1911–1997) by Colin Hardie, c. 1940 private collection; photographer: Colin Hardie

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Gray [née Binyon], Nicolete Mary (1911–1997), historian of lettering, letter carver, and art critic, was born on 20 July 1911 at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the last of three children of Laurence Binyon (1869–1943), poet, art critic, and scholar, and his wife, Cicely Margaret (1876–1962)...

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Hennessy, Sir John Wyndham Pope- (1913–1994), museum director and art historian, was born on 13 December 1913 at 29 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London, the elder son (there were no daughters) of Major-General (Ladislaus Herbert) Richard Pope-Hennessy (1875–1942), colonial official and army officer, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Wyndham Pope- Hennessy (1913–1994) by Dame Elisabeth Frink, 1975 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kris, (Walter) Ernst (1900–1957), art historian and psychoanalyst, was born in Vienna on 26 April 1900, the son of Leopold Kris, a lawyer, and his wife, Rosa. Precocious and prolific, he graduated in 1922 from Vienna University under Julius von Schlosser, with a PhD thesis on the bizarre ceramics—incorporating casts from life—of the French Renaissance potter ...

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Leader, John Temple (1810–1903), politician and connoisseur of the arts, born at his father's country house, Putney Hill Villa, sometimes called Lower House, on 7 May 1810, was the younger son (in a family of two sons and four daughters) of William Leader (1767–1828)...

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John Temple Leader (1810–1903) by William Henry Mote, pubd 1840 (after Bryan Edward Duppa) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Levey, Sir Michael Vincent (1927–2008), art historian and gallery director, was born at 90 Kenilworth Avenue, Wimbledon, on 8 June 1927, the only child of Otto Lemuel Herbert Levey (1893–1961) and his wife, Gladys Mary, née Milestone (b. 1892). His father, of Irish descent, was a civil servant working in the ...

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(George) James Henry Lees- Milne (1908–1997) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Milne, (George) James Henry Lees- (1908–1997), architectural historian and conservationist, was born at Wickhamford Manor, Worcestershire, on 6 August 1908, the second of three children and elder son of George Crompton Lees-Milne (1880–1949) and his wife, Helen Christina (1884–1962), daughter of Henry Bailey...

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Plunkett, George Noble, Count Plunkett in the papal nobility (1851–1948), art historian and Irish republican, was born on 3 December 1851, at 1 Aungier Street, Dublin, the youngest and only survivor into adulthood of three children of Patrick Joseph Plunkett (1817–1918), builder and urban district councillor, and his wife, ...

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George Noble Plunkett, Count Plunkett in the papal nobility (1851–1948) by Seán O'Sullivan, 1940 © Estate of the Artist; photograph courtesy the National Gallery of Ireland

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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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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

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Seznec, Jean Joseph (1905–1983), art historian and scholar of French literature, was born on 18 March 1905 at Morlaix, Brittany, the son of Jean Seznec and his wife Pauline, née le Férec, both primary school teachers, although originally of farming stock. His mother died giving birth to a younger brother and he was brought up mainly by a grandmother. He valued his Breton origins, retaining a connection with the province through academic work on ...

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Strong [née Sellers], Eugénie (1860–1943), archaeologist and art historian, was born in London on 25 March 1860, the elder daughter of Frederick William Sellers (d. 1877), a wineseller, and his wife, Anna Oates (d. 1871). Her maternal great-grandfather was the ...

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Toynbee, Jocelyn Mary Catherine (1897–1985), archaeologist and art historian, was born at 12 Upper Westbourne Terrace, Paddington, London, on 3 March 1897, the daughter of Harry Valpy Toynbee (1861–1941), secretary of the Charity Organization Society, and his wife Sarah Edith, née Marshall (1859–1939)...