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Chamot, Mary (1899–1993), art historian and museum curator, was born in Strelna, near St Petersburg, Russia, on 8 November 1899, the only child of Alfred Edward Chamot (1855–1934) and Elisabeth, née Grooten (1854–1935). Her English-born father was of French descent, her mother of Dutch and German origin. He was administrator of the imperial palace gardens, and belonged to the prosperous Anglo-Russian merchant community. Educated privately, ...

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Dodgson, Campbell (1867–1948), museum curator and art historian, was born at Oakwood, Crayford, Kent, on 13 August 1867, the youngest child in the family of one daughter and seven sons of William Oliver Dodgson, stockbroker, and his wife, Lucy Elizabeth Smith. He was educated at ...

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Egerton [née Attiwill], Judith Emilie [Judy] (1928–2012), art historian and curator, was born on 7 August 1928 in Melbourne, Australia, the third daughter and third of five children of Keith Attiwill (1899–1975), journalist, and his wife, Jean, née Muecke. She was educated at ...

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Parker, Sir Karl Theodore (1895–1992), art historian and museum curator, was born on 2 July 1895 at 13 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, the younger son of Robert William Parker (1842–1913), a distinguished consulting surgeon, and his wife, Marie Amélie, née Lüling. He came from a very cosmopolitan background: his father had joined the Anglo-American medical mission for the relief of casualties on both sides of the Franco-Prussian War (later established at ...

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Sir Karl Theodore Parker (1895–1992) by Oscar Nemon, 1960 © Estate of Oscar Nemon; collection Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Reynolds, (Arthur) Graham (1914–2013), museum curator and art historian, was born on 10 January 1914 in Swains Lane, Highgate, London, the only child of Arthur Thomas Reynolds (1883–1921), a monumental mason who made the tombstones and crosses for Highgate cemetery, and his wife, ...

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Sir John Newenham Summerson (1904–1992) by Stephen Hyde, 1984 [in the library of Sir John Soane's Museum] © Stephen Hyde; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Summerson, Sir John Newenham (1904–1992), museum curator and architectural historian, was born at Barnstead, Coniscliffe Road, Darlington, co. Durham, on 25 November 1904, the only surviving child of Samuel James Summerson (d. 1907) and Dorothea Worth Newenham (d. 1963), and the grandson of ...

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Watson, Sir Francis John Bagott (1907–1992), art historian and museum curator, was born on 24 August 1907 at St James Road, Dudley, Worcestershire, the son of Hugh Watson, headmaster of Dudley grammar school, and his wife, Ellen Marian Bagott. He was educated at his father's school, and from 1921 to 1926 at ...