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Beit, Sir Otto John, first baronet (1865–1930), financier, philanthropist, and art connoisseur, was born on 7 December 1865 in Hamburg, Germany, twelve years after his brother Alfred Beit. He was the third son of Siegfried Beit (1818–1881), silk merchant, and his wife, Laura Caroline Hahn (...

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Sir Otto John Beit, first baronet (1865–1930) by H. Walter Barnett © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chute, John (1701–1776), architect and connoisseur of the arts and literature, was born on 30 December 1701, the youngest in the family of five sons and five daughters of Edward Chute (1658–1722) of The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of the lawyer ...

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Clarke, Louis Colville Gray (1881–1960), art connoisseur and museum director, was born in Croydon on 2 May 1881, tenth son and youngest of the fourteen children of Stephenson Clarke, coal factor, and his wife, Agnes Maria Bridger. He was schooled privately. He went up to ...

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Forbes, James Staats (1823–1904), railway administrator and art connoisseur, was born at Aberdeen on 7 March 1823, the eldest of the six children of James Staats Forbes, a member of a Scottish family long settled in England, and his wife, Ann Walker. A brother, ...

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Sir (Richard) Brinsley Ford (1908–1999) by Augustus John, 1941 by permission of the Trustees of the will of the late Sir Richard Brinsley Ford. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Ford, Sir (Richard) Brinsley (1908–1999), art connoisseur, was born on 10 June 1908 at The Elmes, Wisborough Green, Petworth, Sussex, the only son of Captain Richard Ford (1860–1940), officer in the rifle brigade, and his first wife, Rosamund Isabel (1872–1911), daughter of Sir John Ramsden, ...

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Daphne Foskett (1911–1998) by Heather O. Catchpole, 1990 in a private collection on loan to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Foskett [née Kirk], Daphne (1911–1998), art connoisseur and writer, was born on 23 December 1911 at Shoddesden, Kimpton, Hampshire, the daughter of John William Carnegie Kirk, a captain in the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry, and his wife, Agnes Maud Haynes. Her paternal grandfather was ...

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Harari, Ralph Andrew (1893–1969), merchant banker and art scholar and collector, was born on 28 October 1893 in Cairo, the third child and elder son of Sir Victor Harari Pasha, civil servant, financier, and leading member of Egypt's Anglo-Jewish community, and his wife, ...

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Leader, John Temple (1810–1903), politician and connoisseur of the arts, born at his father's country house, Putney Hill Villa, sometimes called Lower House, on 7 May 1810, was the younger son (in a family of two sons and four daughters) of William Leader (1767–1828)...

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John Temple Leader (1810–1903) by William Henry Mote, pubd 1840 (after Bryan Edward Duppa) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lindsay, David Alexander Edward, twenty-seventh earl of Crawford and tenth earl of Balcarres (1871–1940), politician and art connoisseur, was born on 10 October 1871 at Dunecht House, Aberdeen, the eldest of the six sons of James Ludovic Lindsay, twenty-sixth earl of Crawford and ninth earl of Balcarres...

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Lindsay, David Alexander Robert, twenty-eighth earl of Crawford and eleventh earl of Balcarres (1900–1975), connoisseur of the arts and politician, was born on 20 November 1900 at 49 Moray Place, Edinburgh, the son of David Alexander Edward Lindsay, twenty-seventh earl of Crawford and ...

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David Alexander Robert Lindsay, twenty-eighth earl of Crawford and eleventh earl of Balcarres (1900–1975) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Claude William Henry Lowther (1870–1929) by Walter Stoneman, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lowther, Claude William Henry (1870–1929), politician and art connoisseur, was born at Binstead on the Isle of Wight on 26 June 1870, the third child and only son of Francis William Lowther (1841–1908), an officer in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Louise Beatrice de Fonblanque...

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Hollingworth Magniac (1786–1867) by unknown artist HSBC Holdings plc

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Magniac, Hollingworth (1786–1867), merchant and connoisseur of medieval art, was born in Kensington, London, on 15 April 1786, the fourth son and seventh child in a family of eight sons and three daughters of Colonel Francis Magniac (d. 1823) of Kensington and ...

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Mitchell, William (1821/2–1908), print collector and connoisseur, had Scottish and German connections. From the evidence of the 1861, 1871, and 1901 census returns he appears to have been born a British subject in Baden, Germany, though his parentage remains unknown. Sidney Colvin, former keeper of the ...