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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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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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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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Cumberland, George (1754–1848), writer on art and watercolour painter, was born in London on 27 November 1754, the younger son of the four children of George Cumberland (d. 1771) and his wife, Elizabeth Balchen. In 1769 he became a clerk in the ...

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Daintrey, Adrian Maurice (1902–1988), artist and art critic, was born on 23 June 1902 at Foulsa Road, Balham, London, the youngest of the three children of Ernest Daintrey, solicitor, and his wife, Lucy Mary Blagdon. His talent for drawing was the only distinction to emerge from his schooldays at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Eagles, John (1783–1855), art critic and poet, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 8 November 1783 in the parish of St Augustine, the second of the two children, and only son, of Thomas Eagles (bap. 1746, d. 1812), merchant and classical scholar, and his wife, ...

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Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (1809–1893), by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843–1848

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Eastlake [née Rigby], Elizabeth, Lady Eastlake (1809–1893), journalist and writer on art, was born in Norwich, Norfolk, on 17 November 1809, the third child and second daughter of Dr Edward Rigby (1747–1821), physician, and his second wife, Anne (1777–1872), daughter of William Palgrave...

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Marianne Margaret Egerton, Viscountess Alford (1817–1888) by unknown artist Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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William Gilpin (1724–1804) by Henry Walton, 1781 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gilpin, William (1724–1804), writer on art and headmaster, was born on 4 June 1724 at Scaleby Castle, near Carlisle, Cumberland, and baptized on 7 June, the son of Captain John Bernard Gilpin (1701–1776) and Matilda Langstaffe (1703–1773). His father was considered one of the best amateur painters of the time and included among his pupils ...

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Heaphy, Thomas Frank (1813–1873), painter and writer on art, was born at St John's Wood, London, on 2 April 1813, the eldest son of the six children of the watercolourist Thomas Heaphy (1775–1835) and his wife, Mary Stevenson (d. after 1820). Charles Heaphy (1820?–1881)...

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James, John Thomas (1786–1828), bishop of Calcutta and writer on art, was born on 23 January 1786 at Rugby, Warwickshire, the eldest son of Dr Thomas James (1748–1804), headmaster of Rugby School, and his second wife, Arabella Caldecott (d. 1828). He was educated at ...

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Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880) by Camille Silvy, 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lindsay, Alexander William Crawford, twenty-fifth earl of Crawford and eighth earl of Balcarres (1812–1880), book collector and writer on art, was born at Muncaster Castle, Cumberland, on 16 October 1812. He was the eldest son of James Lindsay, twenty-fourth earl of Crawford and seventh earl of Balcarres...

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Merrifield [née Watkins], Mary Philadelphia (1804–1889), writer on art and algologist, was born on 15 April 1804 in Brompton, London, the daughter of a conveyancing barrister, Sir Charles Watkins. In 1827 she married John Merrifield of Tavistock (1788/9–1877), who was called to the ...

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A. F. Pollard

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Merritt, Henry (1822–1877), picture conservator and art critic, was born in Oxford on 8 June 1822, the son of Joseph Merritt, a tailor. The fifth of nine children, his early years were passed in considerable poverty. His mother encouraged his education at an infant school, and, from the age of eleven, at the ...

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Austin Dobson

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Monkhouse, William Cosmo (1840–1901), poet and art critic, born in London on 18 March 1840, was the son of Cyril John Monkhouse, a solicitor, and his wife, Amelia Maria Delafosse, who was of a Huguenot family which came to England after the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He entered ...