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Aglionby, William (1641–1705), diplomat and writer on art, was born in the summer of 1641, the second son of George Aglionby (d. 1643), who died shortly after being appointed dean of Canterbury by Charles I, and his wife, Sibilla Smith. George had previously been employed by the ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Anderson, William (1842–1900), anatomist and writer on art, was born on 18 December 1842 in London at the Eldon Arms, Queen Square, the son of William Henry Anderson, licensed victualler, and his wife, Ann, formerly Cattel. After attending the City of London School...

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Baxter [née Barnes], Lucy [pseud. Leader Scott] (1837–1902), writer on art, was born at Dorchester on 21 January 1837, the third daughter of William Barnes (1801–1886), the Dorset poet and philologist, and his wife, Julia, née Miles (1805–1852). Her childhood seems to have been a happy one, despite the family's straitened finances and her mother's death in 1852. ...

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Beale, (Sarah) Sophia (1837–1920), writer on art and painter, was born on 5 November 1837 in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, the daughter of Lionel John Beale (1796–1871), surgeon, and Frances Smith, née Sheppard (1800–1849). She was the sister of Lionel Smith Beale (1828–1906)...

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(Arthur) Clive Heward Bell (1881–1964) by Roger Fry, c. 1924 © Estate of Roger Fry; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, (Arthur) Clive Heward (1881–1964), art critic and writer, was born on 16 September 1881 at East Shefford, Berkshire, the second son of William Heward Bell (1849–1927), civil engineer, and his wife, Hannah Taylor Cory (1850–1942). In the words of his son Quentin...

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S. E. Fryer

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Bemrose, William (1831–1908), writer on wood-carving and ceramics, was born at Derby on 30 December 1831, the second son in a family of three sons and one daughter of William Bemrose of Derby, founder in 1827 of the printing and publishing firm of ...

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Bodkin, Thomas Patrick (1887–1961), museum director and art critic, was born in Dublin on 21 July 1887, the eldest of the family of two sons and four daughters of Matthias McDonnell Bodkin, a journalist who was later county court judge of Clare and MP for ...

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Boyne, (Donald Arthur) Colin Aydon (1921–2006), architectural journalist and editor, was born on 15 February 1921 at Holnest, Farway, Honiton, Devon, the only child of Captain Lytton Leonard Boyne (b. 1887), formerly of the 3rd Royal Sussex regiment, and his wife, Millicent, ...

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Brock, Alan Francis Clutton- (1904–1976), art critic, was born in Weybridge, Surrey, on 8 October 1904, the son of Arthur Clutton-Brock (1868–1924) and his wife, Evelyn Alice Vernon-Harcourt. His father was a barrister who forsook law to write on art and literature, regularly contributing articles to ...

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Baynbrigg Buckeridge (1667/88–1733) by Michael Dahl, 1696 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buckeridge, Baynbrigg (1667/8–1733), writer on art, was the eldest of five children (two sons and three daughters) of Nicholas Buckeridge (b. c.1625, d. c.1690) of Northaw, Hertfordshire, and St Christopher-le-Stocks, London, and his wife, Sarah, née Baynbrigg, of St Giles-in-the-Fields, London...

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W. C. Monkhouse

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Burnet, John (1784–1868), painter, engraver, and writer on art, was born in Musselburgh, Edinburghshire, on 20 March 1784, the elder son of George Burnet, surveyor-general of excise for Scotland, and his wife, Anne Cruikshank. His younger brother was the landscape artist James M. Burnet...

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C. H. Sykes

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Byron, Robert (1905–1941), traveller and writer on art, was born at Wembley, London, on 26 February 1905, the only son among three children of Eric Byron, civil engineer, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Robinson, of Southall Manor, Middlesex. He was educated at ...

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Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell [Lady Colin Campbell] (1857–1911) by Giovanni Boldini, c. 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Blood], Gertrude Elizabeth [Lady Colin Campbell] (1857–1911), art critic and journalist, was the second daughter and third of the four children of Edmond Maghlin Blood (1815–1891) of Brickhill, co. Clare, and his wife, Mary Anne (1814/15–1899), daughter of Thomas Fergusson...

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Carey, William Paulet (1759–1839), art critic and dealer, was born in Redmond's Hill, Dublin, the son of Christopher Carey, a baker. He was the brother of John and Mathew Carey. He studied drawing at the school of the Royal Dublin Society, and became an engraver. From 1786 ...

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Carter [née Fantl], Ernestine Marie (1906–1983), museum curator and writer on fashion, was born on 10 October 1906 in Savannah, Georgia, USA, the daughter of Siegfried Fantl. Carter was brought up in Savannah. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1927, where, remarkably for the time, she studied modern and contemporary art and design under the tutelage of ...

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