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Backhouse, Janet Moira (1938–2004), scholar and curator of manuscripts, was born on 8 February 1938 at Marley, 90 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, the daughter of Joseph Holme Backhouse, cattle-food salesman, and his wife, Jessie, née Chivers; they also had a son, the sculptor ...

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Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867–1962) by Dorothy Webster Hawksley, 1951 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Cockerell, Sir Sydney Carlyle (1867–1962), museum director and book collector, was born at Brighton on 16 July 1867, the second child (and second son) of the family of four sons and two daughters of Sydney John Cockerell (1842–1877), coal merchant, of London, and his wife, ...

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Evans [née Lander], (Caroline) Mary Forbes (1936–2010), picture librarian and author, was born on 5 May 1936 at 8 Cotswold Gardens, Hendon, London, the youngest daughter of Digby Forbes Lander (1891–1969), an accounts clerk at an aircraft works, later an employee of the ...

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Francis, Sir Frank Chalton (1901–1988), museum director and librarian, was born on 5 October 1901 in Liverpool, the only child of Frank William Francis, provision broker, who died in 1914, and his wife, Elizabeth Chalton, furrier; both parents were from Liverpool. He was educated at the ...

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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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Kenyon, Lloyd Tyrell-, fifth Baron Kenyon (1917–1993), museum administrator and book collector, was born on 13 September 1917 at 17 Manchester Street, Marylebone, London, the only son of Lloyd Tyrell-Kenyon, fourth Baron Kenyon (1864–1927), a lord-in-waiting to Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V...

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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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Maxwell, Sir William Stirling, ninth baronet (1818–1878), art historian, historian, and book collector, was born William Stirling on 8 March 1818 at Kenmure House, Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, the only son of Archibald Stirling of Keir and Cawder (1769–1847) and Elizabeth Maxwell (1793–1822), daughter of ...

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Sir William Stirling Maxwell, ninth baronet (1818–1878) by George Richmond, c. 1856 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ricci, Seymour Montefiore Robert Rosso de (1881–1942), art historian and bibliographer, was born on 17 May 1881 at Meadowbank, Twickenham, the eldest son of James Herman de Ricci (1847–1900), barrister and former colonial judge, and his second wife, Helen, née Montefiore (1857–1932). His parents were divorced in 1890, and ...

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Willett, Ralph (1719–1795), book collector and connoisseur, was born on 8 August 1719, probably on St Kitts in the West Indies, the elder child of Henry Willett (c.1680–1740), plantation owner on the island, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1691–1724), daughter of ...