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Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist, was born on 30 October 1928 at 142 Glebe Road, Norwich, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Emma, née Green. Reared a Methodist and readied by his parents for a job for life in the ...

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Michael Ayrton (1921–1975) self-portrait, 1947 © Estate of Michael Ayrton; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayrton [formerly Ayrton Gould], Michael (1921–1975), artist and writer, was born at 3 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, London, on 20 February 1921, the only child of Gerald Gould (1885–1936), poet and journalist, and his wife, Barbara Bodichon Ayrton Gould (1886–1950), politician and sometime chairman of the ...

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John Randall Bratby (1928–1992) self-portrait, 1954 [Peterborough Joans] © reserved; Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bratby, John Randall (1928–1992), artist, was born on 19 July 1928 at a nursing home in Wimbledon, the first of two children of George Alfred Bratby (1887–1947), wine taster, and his wife, Lily Beryl Randall (1897–1945). The Bratbys traced their roots to Derbyshire...

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Browne, Felicia Mary (1904–1936), artist and political activist, was born at The Elms, Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Surrey, on 18 February 1904, the third daughter and the fourth of five children of Harold Browne (1875–1924), company director, who worked in his family's advertising agency, and his wife, ...

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Edward Calvert (1799–1883) by unknown artist © reserved

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Calvert, Edward (1799–1883), artist, was born at Appledore, Devon, on 22 September 1799, the elder son of Rowland Edward Calvert (c.1750–1813), an army officer, and his wife, Katherine, née Rider. He was baptized privately at Appledore, and about two years afterwards was received into the church at ...

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Sir William Eden, seventh baronet and fifth baronet (1849–1915) by Prince Paulo Troubetzkoy © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Eden, Sir William, seventh baronet and fifth baronet (1849–1915), sportsman and artist, was born at Windlestone Hall, co. Durham, on 4 April 1849, the second son of Sir William Eden, sixth baronet and fourth baronet (1803–1873), and his wife, Elfrida Susanna Harriet, daughter of ...

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Mai Ghoussoub (1952–2007) by unknown photographer Saqi Books

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Ghoussoub, Mai (1952–2007), writer, publisher, and artist, was born in Beit Shabab, a town in the mountains above Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 November 1952, the second daughter of Raymond Ghoussoub, lawyer and amateur footballer, and his wife, Maggie Bridi, mathematics teacher. Her parents were Maronite Christian Arabs. She was educated at the ...

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Gray, Milner Connorton (1899–1997), artist and designer, was born on 8 October 1899 in Blackheath, London, the second son and the second of the five children of Archibald Campbell Gray (d. 1944?), a member of the Baltic exchange, and of his wife, ...

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Hilder, Rowland Frederick (1905–1993), artist, was born at Great Neck, Long Island, New York, on 28 June 1905, the son of Roland Hilder (b. c.1880) and his wife, Kitty, née Fissenden (b. c.1885), both originally from Birling, Kent. The ‘w’ in his forename originated from a misspelling on his birth registration form. His parents had moved to ...

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Hogarth, (Arthur) Paul (1917–2001), artist and illustrator, was born Arthur Hoggarth at 28 Caroline Street, Kendal, Westmorland, on 4 October 1917, the son of Arthur Hoggarth, later Hogarth, a butcher then serving as a pioneer in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Janet, ...

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Conroy Ronald Maddox (1912–2005) by unknown photographer, 1938 by kind permission of Silvano Levy

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Maddox, Conroy Ronald (1912–2005), artist, was born on 27 December 1912 at 8 The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, the only son and elder child of Albert George Maddox (1886–1958), rate collector and Territorial Force volunteer, and his wife, Eleanor Annie, née Ballinger (1884–1975). His sister, ...

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Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson (1872–1949) by Augustus John, 1909 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Nicholson, Sir William Newzam Prior (1872–1949), artist, was born at 12 London Road, Newark-on-Trent, on 5 February 1872, the youngest child of William Newzam Nicholson (1816–1899), engineer, of the Trent ironworks, and later MP for Newark, and his second wife, Ann Elizabeth Prior (1839–1899)...

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Mervyn Laurence Peake (1911–1968) self-portrait, 1932 © Estate of Mervyn Peake; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London