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William Harbutt (1844–1921) by unknown photographer [with his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie) Cambridge, and their family] courtesy of the Harbutt Family

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Harbutt, William (1844–1921), inventor of Plasticine and art teacher, was born on 13 February 1844 in North Shields, Northumberland, the seventh of the eight children of Thomas Harbutt (b. 1803), a galvanizer, and his wife, Elizabeth Whitehouse Jefcoate (b. 1804). Details of his early education are unknown, but later he studied at the ...

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Horniman, Frederick John (1835–1906), tea merchant and founder of the Horniman Museum, London, was born on 8 October 1835 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the fourth of six children of John Horniman (1803–1893) and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Smith of Witney. The first two children and the last died in infancy; young ...

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George Wilson (1818–1859) by Thomas Rodger © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, George (1818–1859), chemist and museum director, the son of Archibald Wilson (1784–1843), a wine merchant from Argyll, and his wife, Janet Aitken, was born at Edinburgh on 21 February 1818 with a twin brother, John, who died in 1836. His elder brother, ...