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Crawley, Samuel (1705–1762), collector and consul in Smyrna, was born on 11 June 1705 and baptized on 19 June at St Benet's, Paul's Wharf, in the City of London. He was the second son of Richard Crawley (bap. 1666, d. 1713), deputy registrar of the ...

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Sir William Hamilton (1731–1803) by David Allan, 1775 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Sir William (1731–1803), diplomatist and art collector, was born, according to the baptismal register, on 12 January 1731, either in London or at Park Place, a family residence near Remenham, Berkshire. He was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 27 January, the fourth and youngest son of ...

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Labouchere, Sir George Peter (1905–1999), diplomatist and art collector, was born in London on 2 December 1905, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Anthony (Frank) Labouchere, a senior civil servant in the Post Office, and his wife, Evelyn Mary Caroline Lihla (b...

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Massey, (Charles) Vincent (1887–1967), diplomatist and patron of the arts, was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 20 February 1887, the eldest son of Chester Daniel Massey (1850–1926) and his wife, Anna Dobbins Vincent (1859–1903). Raymond Massey, the film actor and director, was his younger brother. The family house, ...

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Scaglia, Alessandro Cesare (1592–1641), diplomat and art collector, was born in Piedmont, part of the duchy of Savoy, the second son of Filiberto Gherado, count of Verrua (1561/2–1619), and his wife, Bianca. He was probably raised at court in Turin through his father's position as court chamberlain, and in 1603 journeyed with his father and elder brother to the Spanish court with the Savoyard duke's sons and ...

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Wright, Sir James, first baronet (bap. 1717, d. 1804), diplomatist and art collector, was baptized on 18 January 1717, probably in Coventry, the son of Thomas Wright of Coventry and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir John Huband. He attended Mr Legiat's school...