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See Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet

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Bernal, Ralph (d. 1854), politician and art collector, was of Jewish descent and came from a family of Spanish origin. He was the only son of Jacob Bernal (d. 1811) of 7 Fitzroy Square, London, was born at Colchester, Essex, and was educated at ...

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Cavendish, William, second duke of Devonshire (1670/71–1729), politician and art collector, was the second but first surviving son of William Cavendish, first duke of Devonshire (1641–1707), and Mary (1646–1710), second daughter of James Butler, first duke of Ormond. Following his father's accession to the ...

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Thomas Coke, earl of Leicester (1697–1759) by Francesco Trevisani, 1717 © Collection of the Earl of Leicester, Holkham Hall, Norfolk / The Bridgeman Art Library

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Coke, Thomas, earl of Leicester (1697–1759), politician, architect, and art collector, was born on 17 June 1697, the eldest of the five children of Edward Coke (1676/8–1707), landowner, and his wife, Carey (1680–1707), the daughter of Sir John Newton, third baronet, of Barr's Court, Gloucestershire...

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Ellis, George James Welbore Agar-, first Baron Dover (1797–1833), politician and patron of art, was the only son of Henry Welbore Agar-Ellis, second Viscount Clifden, and his wife, Lady Caroline Spencer, eldest daughter of George Spencer, fourth duke of Marlborough. He was born in ...

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Fawkes, Walter Ramsden Hawkesworth (1769–1825), politician and art collector, was born Walter Ramsden Hawkesworth at Hawkesworth Hall, near Guiseley, Yorkshire, on 2 March 1769, the eldest son of Walter Ramsden Beaumont Hawkesworth (1746–1792) and his wife, Amelia Farrer. His father assumed the additional surname ...

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Harris, (Frederick) Leverton (1864–1926), politician and art collector, the eldest son of Frederick William Harris (1833–1917), shipowner of Norwood, London, and his wife, Elizabeth Rachel, daughter of Peter Macleod Wylie, was born at Norwood on 17 December 1864. His family were of Quaker background. The traveller ...

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Hope, Henry Thomas (1808–1862), patron of the arts and politician, was born in London, probably in Duchess Street, on 30 April 1808, eldest of the three sons of Thomas Hope (1769–1831), of the Amsterdam banking family, and his wife, Louisa (d. 1851)...

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Thomas Howard, fourteenth earl of Arundel, fourth earl of Surrey, and first earl of Norfolk (1585–1646) by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1629 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Thomas, fourteenth earl of Arundel, fourth earl of Surrey, and first earl of Norfolk (1585–1646), art collector and politician, was born at Finchingfield, Essex, on 7 July 1585, the only son of Philip Howard, thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595), and his wife, ...

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Kinnaird, Charles, eighth Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (1780–1826), politician and art collector, was the eldest surviving son of George, seventh Lord Kinnaird of Inchture (d. 1805), and his wife, Elizabeth, only daughter of Griffin Ransom, banker, of Westminster, and his wife, Elizabeth...

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Lee, Arthur Hamilton, Viscount Lee of Fareham (1868–1947), politician and patron of the arts, was born on 8 November 1868 at the rectory, Bridport, Dorset, the youngest of the two sons and three daughters of the rector, the Revd Melville Lauriston Lee (1821–1870)...

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Morice, Humphry (1723–1785), politician and art collector, was baptized on 20 May 1723 at St Dunstan-in-the-East, London, the elder son of Humphry Morice (bap. 1679, d. 1731), governor of the Bank of England, and his second wife, Catherine (d. 1743), daughter of ...

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Morrison, James (1789–1857), merchant, politician, and art collector, was born at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, the second son of Joseph Morrison, innkeeper, and his wife, Sarah Barnard, of Shapwick in Somerset. One brother and two sisters reached maturity. Orphaned at the age of fourteen, he pursued an obscure career until his employment as shopman by ...

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Quilter, Sir William Cuthbert, first baronet (1841–1911), art collector and politician, was born at South Audley Place, London, on 29 January 1841, the eldest son of William Quilter (1808–1888), the first president of the Institute of Accountants and a prominent art collector, and his wife, ...

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Rothschild, Ferdinand James Anselm de, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1839–1898), art collector and politician, was born in Paris on 17 December 1839, the fifth of seven surviving children of Baron Anselm Salomon de Rothschild (1803–1874), banker, and his wife, ...

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Ferdinand James Anselm de Rothschild, Baron de Rothschild in the nobility of the Austrian empire (1839–1898) by Cyril Flower, Baron Battersea © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sassoon, Sir Philip Albert Gustave David, third baronet (1888–1939), politician and art collector, was born in Paris on 4 December 1888, the only son of Sir Edward Albert Sassoon, second baronet (1856–1912), and his wife, Aline Caroline (d. 1909), daughter of Baron Gustave de Rothschild...

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Stephenson, Rowland (1782–1856), art collector, politician, and bankrupt, was born at sea between Florida and England on 19 May 1782 and baptized at St Andrew's Church, Holborn, London, on 2 August. He was the third surviving son and fifth of eight children of ...