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Barker, Henry Aston (1774–1856), panorama proprietor and painter, younger son of Robert Barker (1739–1806), the panorama painter, and his wife, Catherine, née Aston (1744–1842), was born in Glasgow. At the age of twelve he was set to work by his father to take the outlines of the city of ...

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Barrasford, Thomas (1859–1910), variety theatre entrepreneur, was born at East Jarrow, Westoe, co. Durham, on 2 November 1859, the son of Henry Barrasford, ballast keelman, and his wife, Ann, née Sheraton. His father became a publican, and Thomas followed him into the licensed trade, taking a number of public houses in ...

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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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Samson Olabowale Dosunmu (1914–?1991) by unknown photographer, c. 1959 [right, with Irene Adenowa-Dosunmu] collection of Val Wilmer

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Dosunmu, Samson Olabowale [Ola] (1914–1991?), gambler and nightclub proprietor, was born on 6 October 1914 in the Ijebu region of south-western Nigeria, the son of Dosunmu Adenowa, a farmer. His parents were Ijebu-Yoruba. He was related to a hereditary chieftancy in the Delo-Dosunmu...

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Gye, Frederick, the elder (1781–1869), tea dealer and proprietor of Vauxhall Gardens, was by 1806 a printer in partnership with G. Balne at 7 Union Court, Broad Street, in the City of London, where, having secured the contract for printing state lottery tickets, he made a profitable living. ...

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Hague, Samuel [Sam] (1829/30–1901), minstrel show manager, was born in Sheffield. He was apprenticed to a cutler as a boy, and also appeared as a clog dancer in local theatres. In the early 1840s Hague, with two of his brothers, emigrated to the ...

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Hardee, Malcolm Gerrard (1950–2005), comedian and comedy promoter, was born on 5 January 1950 in Lewisham Hospital, London, the eldest child of (Harry) Frank George Hardee, Thames lighterman, and his wife, Joan Annie Alicia, née Hurley. He attended St Stephen's Church of England primary school...

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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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Morton, Charles (1819–1904), music-hall and theatre manager, was born in Hackney, Middlesex, on 15 August 1819. Little is known of his early life, but he was established as a publican by about 1840. In 1849 he acquired the Canterbury Arms in Upper Marsh, Lambeth...

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Charles Morton (1819–1904) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1904 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moss, Sir Horace Edward (1852–1912), theatre and music-hall manager, was born on 12 April 1852 in Ashton under Lyne, the son of James Moss, a theatre manager. He received some education in Manchester and Glasgow, musical tuition from Andrew Banks, and learned the music-hall business at his father's premises in ...

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Richard Nash (1674–1761) by Nathaniel Hone, 1750 © The Trustees of the Holburne Museum of Art, Bath

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Nash, Richard [known as Beau Nash] (1674–1761), master of ceremonies and social celebrity, was born on 18 October 1674 at St Mary's Street, Swansea, the son of Richard Nash, a glass maker of modest means, and his wife, the niece of the royalist army officer ...

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Norman, Tom [real name Thomas Noakes] (1860–1930), showman and freak show proprietor, was born on 7 May 1860 at the Manor House, Dallington, Sussex, the eldest of the seventeen children of Thomas Noakes (1835–1903), master butcher and farmer, and his wife, Eliza Haiselden (1840–1911)...

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Payne, (George) Adney (1846–1907), music-hall manager, was born in the Curragh, Ireland, the son of Edward Payne, a licensed victualler. Unlike most music-hall entrepreneurs of his generation, Adney Payne (as he was generally referred to), was not born into the theatrical profession. Indeed, he frequently recalled that his parents had held a very low opinion of the value of popular entertainments....

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Tyers, Jonathan (1702–1767), pleasure garden proprietor, was born of unknown parents. In the early 1720s he married Elizabeth Fermor (1700–1771) whose origins and early life are also obscure. They are said to have separated in 1759, although the wording of Tyers's will does not support this supposition. ...

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Jonathan Tyers (1702–1767) by Francis Hayman, 1740 [with his family] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wade, William (1734/5–1809), master of ceremonies, though often identified as the illegitimate son or nephew of Field Marshal George Wade (1673–1748), was more probably his great-nephew and the grandson of George's brother William Wade (1670–1732), canon of St George's Chapel, Windsor. He was educated at ...