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Blundell, Henry (1724–1810), art collector, was born at Ince Blundell, Lancashire, the son of Robert Blundell (d. 1773) and his wife, Katharine, daughter of Sir Stanley Rowland, bt, of Hooton, Chester. Like many Catholics he received his education abroad, first at the college of the English Jesuits at ...

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Aletheia Howard, countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654) by Daniel Mytens, c. 1618 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Aletheia [née Talbot], countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654), patron and collector of art, was born after 1582, the youngest of five children of Gilbert Talbot, ...

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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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Felix Hans Man (1893–1985) by Roger George Clark, 1983 © Roger George Clark; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Man, Felix Hans (1893–1985), photographer and art collector, was born on 30 November 1893 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, as Hans Felix Sigismund Baumann, one of the five children of Karl Sigismund Ludwig Baumann (1853–1914) and his wife, Johanne Jacobine Helene Hofmann (1863–1915)...

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Molyneux, Edward Henry (1891–1974), couturier and art collector, was born at 29 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 5 September 1891, the only son and second child of Justin Molyneux (b. c.1864, d. in or before 1901), a commercial traveller, and his wife, ...

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Power, Edward Joseph [Ted] (1899–1993), radio engineer and art collector, was born on 11 September 1899 at Maryborough, Queen's county, Ireland, one of the four children of Patrick Power, an army sergeant in the Leinster regiment, and his wife, Jane, formerly Heart. The family moved to ...

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866–1931) by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1898 [The Man in the Inverness Cape] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ricketts, Charles de Sousy (1866–1931), artist and art collector, was born on 2 October 1866 at Maison Turretine, Grand Quai, Geneva, Switzerland, the only son of Charles Robert Ricketts (1838–1883), a retired English naval officer, and Hélène Cornélie de Soucy (1833/4–1880), daughter of ...

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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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Count Antoine Edward Seilern und Aspang (1901–1978) by unknown photographer The Courtauld Institute Gallery, Somerset House, London

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Seilern und Aspang, Count Antoine Edward (1901–1978), art historian and collector, was born at Frensham Place, Farnham, Surrey, on 17 September 1901, the youngest of three sons of Count Carl Seilern und Aspang (1866–1940) and his American-born wife, Antoinette, née Woerishoffer (1875–1901), who died five days after his birth. Brought up by his adored grandmother ...

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Helen Christian Sutherland (1881–1965) by unknown photographer © reserved / print supplied by Tate Gallery Archive

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Sutherland [married name Denman], Helen Christian (1881–1965), collector and patron of the arts, was born on 24 February 1881 at 167 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, the eldest of three children and the only daughter of Sir Thomas Sutherland (1834–1922), shipowner and Liberal Unionist MP for ...

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Talman, John (1677–1726), antiquary and art collector, was born in King Street, Westminster, in July 1677 and baptized in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on 19 July, the eldest son of the architect William Talman (bap. 1650, d. 1719) and his wife, Hannah. He was educated at ...