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Peter Frederick Anson (1889–1975) by Howard Coster, 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Anson, Peter Frederick (1889–1975), monk, writer, and artist, was born Frederick Charles Anson on 22 August 1889 at 32 South Parade, Southsea, the son of Charles Eustace Anson (1858–1940), subsequently rear-admiral, and his wife, (Maria) Evelyn, née Ross (1863–1904). His father came from a family with strong connections to the ...

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Dame Beryl Margaret Bainbridge (1932–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 2002 © Eamonn McCabe

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Bainbridge, Dame Beryl Margaret (1932–2010), actress, writer, and artist, was born on 21 November 1932 at 294 Menlove Avenue, Allerton, Liverpool, the younger child of Richard Bainbridge, commercial agent, and his wife, Winifred, née Baines. Her father was a self-made man who left school at ten, established himself successfully in business, but then went bankrupt as a result of the 1929 financial crash. His wife, who considered that her husband had married above himself, was disappointed and embittered by the family's reduced circumstances, and the young ...

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Barnes, Djuna Chappell (1892–1982), writer and artist, was born on 12 June 1892 in a log cabin on Storm King Mountain, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York state, USA. She was the daughter of an American father, Wald Harold Barnes (1865–1934), and an English mother, Elizabeth Chappell (1862–1945)...

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Bentley, Richard (bap. 1708, d. 1782), writer and artist, was baptized on 3 June 1708 at All Saints', Cambridge, the youngest of the four children and only surviving son of Dr Richard Bentley (1662–1742), master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and his wife, Joanna Bernard (...

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Brown, Oliver Madox (1855–1874), author and artist, born at Finchley, Middlesex, on 20 January 1855, was the second child and only son of Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893), already a distinguished painter, and his second wife, Emma Hill (1829–1890), daughter of a bricklayer. Ford Madox Brown...

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Brzeska, Sophie Suzanne Gaudier- [née Zofia Stefania Brzeska] (1872–1925), writer and poet, was born in Galicia on 6 June 1872, the third of nine children of Mieczysław Brzeski (1840–1899), a lawyer and participant in the Polish uprising of 1863...

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Samuel Butler (1835–1902) self-portrait, 1873? Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (G-546)

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Butler, Samuel (1835–1902), writer and artist, was born on 4 December 1835 at the rectory at Langar, near Bingham, Nottinghamshire, the eldest son in the family of four children (including another son, Thomas, and two daughters, Henrietta and May) of Thomas Butler (1806–1886)...

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Carrington, (Mary) Leonora (1917–2011), artist and writer, was born on 6 April 1917 at Westwood House, Westwood, Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, the only daughter and second of four children of Harold Wylde Carrington (1880–1950), textile manufacturer, and his wife, Marie Humphreys, née Moorhead (b...

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Clayton [married name Needham], Ellen Creathorne (1834–1900), author and artist, was born in Gloucester Terrace, Dublin, on 15 February 1834, the eldest child and only daughter of Benjamin Clayton (1809–1883), an engraver and illustrator, and his wife, Mary Graham (d. 1877)...

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Collingwood, William Gershom (1854–1932), author, artist, and antiquary, was born on 6 August 1854 at 87 Chatham Street, Liverpool, the eldest son of the artist William Collingwood (1819–1903), of the Royal Watercolour Society, and his wife, Marie Imhoff (d. 1873) of Arbon, Switzerland...

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Crealock, Henry Hope (1831–1891), army officer, artist, and author, born on 31 March 1831, was the son of William Betton Crealock of Langeston, Littleham, near Bideford. Crealock entered Rugby School in February 1844. He was commissioned in the 90th light infantry on 13 October 1848, and promoted lieutenant on 24 December 1852 and captain on 29 December 1854. On 5 December 1854 he landed at ...

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Dennys [married name Evans], (Isabelle Dorothy) Joyce (1893–1991), artist and author, was born in Murree, India, on 14 August 1893, the daughter of Charles John Dennys (1852–1928), captain in the Indian staff corps, and his wife, Lucy Winewood (Dot), née Tulloch (1859/60–1947)...

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Devas [née Macnamara; other married name Shephard], Nicolette (1911–1987), author and artist, was born on 1 February 1911 in London. She was the eldest of the four children of Francis Macnamara (1884–1946), an Irish eccentric, poet, and landowner, of Ennistymon House, co. Clare...

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Fonnereau, Thomas George (1789–1850), writer and artist, was born at Reading on 25 August 1789, the second and posthumous son of Thomas Fonnereau (d. 1788) and his wife, Harriet (d. 1832), the daughter of John Hanson. Thomas George Fonnereau's grandfather was ...

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Angelica Vanessa Garnett (1918–2012) by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith, c.1957 © the Estate of Sir Matthew Bracy Smith

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Garnett [née Bell], Angelica Vanessa (1918–2012), painter and writer, was born at Charleston, a then secluded farmhouse in the Sussex downs, on Christmas day 1918. From that moment a deception began which was to colour the rest of her life. Her mother, the painter ...