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Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art, was born on 4 December 1893 at Muscoates Grange, near Kirkby Moorside, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest of the four children of Herbert Edward Read (1868–1903), tenant farmer, and of ...

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Rossetti, William Michael (1829–1919), art critic and literary editor, was born on 25 September 1829 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, third of four children of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854), professor of Italian and Dante scholar, and his wife, Frances Mary Lavinia (1800–1886)...

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William Michael Rossetti (1829–1919) by Ford Madox Brown, 1856 [William Michael Rossetti by Gaslight] National Trust Photographic Library

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Rutter, Francis Vane Phipson [Frank] (1876–1937), art critic and museum curator, was born on 17 February 1876 at 4 The Cedars, Putney, the youngest son of Henry Rutter (d. 1896), a solicitor, and his wife, Emmeline Claridge Phipson. He was educated at ...

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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