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Aglionby, William (1641–1705), diplomat and writer on art, was born in the summer of 1641, the second son of George Aglionby (d. 1643), who died shortly after being appointed dean of Canterbury by Charles I, and his wife, Sibilla Smith. George had previously been employed by the ...

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Beckett, Ronald Brymer (1891–1970), administrator in India and art historian, was born on 17 January 1891 in Micklefield Terrace, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of James Robertson Beckett (1855–1923), manager in a firm of silk and woollen merchants, and his wife, Annie Bertha Murray (1864–1952)...

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Crowe, Sir Joseph Archer (1825–1896), art historian and diplomatist, was born on 20 October 1825 at 141 Sloane Street, London, the second of the six children of Eyre Evans Crowe (1799–1868), historian and journalist, and his wife, Margaret Archer (d. 1853). In addition to his work for the press, ...

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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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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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Plunkett, George Noble, Count Plunkett in the papal nobility (1851–1948), art historian and Irish republican, was born on 3 December 1851, at 1 Aungier Street, Dublin, the youngest and only survivor into adulthood of three children of Patrick Joseph Plunkett (1817–1918), builder and urban district councillor, and his wife, ...

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George Noble Plunkett, Count Plunkett in the papal nobility (1851–1948) by Seán O'Sullivan, 1940 © Estate of the Artist; photograph courtesy the National Gallery of Ireland

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Redgrave, Samuel (1802–1876), art historian and civil servant, was born at 9 Upper Eaton Street, Pimlico, London, on 3 October 1802, the eldest son of William Redgrave (1775–1845), a manufacturer, and his wife, Mary (d. c.1814), and brother of Richard Redgrave (1804–1888)...

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Rothenstein, Sir John Knewstub Maurice (1901–1992), art historian and administrator, was born at 1 Pembroke Cottages, Kensington, London, on 11 July 1901, the elder son (of four children) of the artist Sir William Rothenstein (1872–1945) and Alice Mary (1869–1955), eldest daughter of another artist, ...