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Davison, George (1855–1930), photographer, political activist, and patron of the arts, was born in Kirkley, Suffolk, on 19 September 1855, the fourth child of William Davison (1816–1889), a shipwright and carpenter originally from Sunderland. His mother, Eliza, née Miller (1825–c.1900), supplemented the family income by taking in boarders, and his sisters ...

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Hopkins, John Victor Lindsay [Hoppy] (1937–2015), photographer and cultural activist, was born on 15 August 1937 at Slough and District Maternity Home, the elder child and only son of Victor Henry Frederick Hopkins (1905–1972), mechanical and naval engineer, and his wife, ...

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Hopkins, John Victor Lindsay (Hoppy) (1937–2015), by Graham Keen, 1966

Terence Pepper Collection; © Graham Keen

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Mayall, John Jabez Edwin [formerly Jabez Meal] (1813–1901), photographer and local politician, was born on 17 September 1813 at Oldham, Lancashire, as Jabez Meal, the son of John Meal, a west Yorkshire manufacturing chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth. Virtually nothing is known of his early life. Although local tradition in his home town of ...

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Sir (John) Benjamin Stone (1838–1914) by Roland © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stone, Sir (John) Benjamin (1838–1914), photographer and politician, was born on 9 February 1838 at Birmingham, the son of Benjamin Stone, a glass manufacturer, and his wife, Rebecca, the daughter of Richard Matthews of Cookley, Worcestershire. Little is known about his parents, although his father's company was in ...