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Gray, John Miller (1850–1894), writer on art and curator, was born on 19 July 1850 at 2 Craigie Terrace, Edinburgh, his mother, Jane, née Miller, dying at his birth. His father, John Gray (d. 1871), had retired from business as a shawl manufacturer but was ruined by the failure of the ...

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Bryan Charles Francis Robertson (1925–2002) by Ida Kar, late 1950s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robertson, Bryan Charles Francis (1925–2002), art critic and art gallery director, was born on 1 April 1925 at 517A Harrow Road, Paddington, London, the youngest of the three children of Albert Francis Robertson, a caterer's manager, and his wife, Ellen Dorothy, née Black...

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Sylvester, (Anthony) David Bernard (1924–2001), art critic and exhibition curator, was born in Hackney, London, on 21 September 1924, the son of Philip Silvester, later Sylvester, businessman, and his wife, Sybil, née Rosen. Both parents were of Jewish descent. At the time of his birth his father was in the fish trade, but he later joined the family's antiques and silver business in ...

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(Anthony) David Bernard Sylvester (1924–2001) by Larry Rivers, 1962 © Estate of Larry Rivers / DACS, London / VAGA, New York 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wornum, Ralph Nicholson (1812–1877), art critic and gallery keeper, the eldest son of Robert Wornum (1786–1852) and Catherine Nicholson (1784–1856), was born at Thornton, near Norham, Northumberland, on 29 December 1812. His father was a well-known pianoforte maker of Store Street, Bedford Square...