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Burford, Robert (1791–1861), panorama painter and proprietor, was the son of John Burford, a panorama proprietor. Both Robert Burford and his father worked for Robert Barker (1739–1806), the inventor of the panorama, and then, after his death, for his son Henry Aston Barker (1774–1856)...

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Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Keyse, Thomas (1721–1800), still-life painter and pleasure garden proprietor, was born in Gloucester. He may have been the Thomas Keyse who was baptized at St Mary-le-Crypt, Gloucester, on 30 April 1721, the son of Thomas Keyse and his wife, Mary. A self-taught artist, he was a member of the ...

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Jeffrey Addison Nuttall (1933–2004) by Layle Silbert, 1972 © Layle Silbert; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nuttall, Jeffrey Addison [Jeff] (1933–2004), artist and author, was born on 8 July 1933 at 8 York Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire, the son of Kenneth Nuttall, schoolteacher, and his wife, Hilda Mary, née Addison. His younger brother, Anthony David (Tony) Nuttall (1937–2007), became a distinguished Shakespearian scholar. He grew up near the Welsh border, in ...

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William George Rushton (1937–1996) by Tim Cuff Apex Photo Agency Ltd

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Rushton, William George [Willie] (1937–1996), cartoonist, comedian, and author, was born on 18 August 1937 at 3 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea, the only child of John Atherton Rushton (d. 1958), a publisher, and his Welsh wife, Veronica Hannah Gilbert James. Willie Rushton was educated at ...