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Joanna Marie Drew (1929–2003) by Markéta Luskačová, 1987 © Markéta Luskačová/ National Portrait Gallery, London

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Drew, Joanna Marie (1929–2003), gallery director, was born in Naini Tal, India, on 28 September 1929, the only daughter of (Francis) Greville Drew (1892–1962), army officer, and his wife, Sannie Frances, née Sands (1903–1969), painter, daughter of Charles Sands, policeman in India. She had an older brother, ...

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Ede, Harold Stanley [Jim] (1895–1990), museum curator and art collector, was born on 7 April 1895 in Penarth, Glamorgan, the younger son and second of three children of Edward Hornby Ede (1862–1940), solicitor, of Penarth, and his wife, Mildred Mary Furley (1866–1953), sometime schoolteacher, only daughter of ...

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Marianne Margaret Egerton, Viscountess Alford (1817–1888) by unknown artist Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Egerton [née Compton], Marianne Margaret, Viscountess Alford [known as Lady Marian Alford] (1817–1888), art patron and writer on needlework, was born on 21 June 1817 in the Casa del Pre, Naples; she lived with her parents in Rome from 1820 to 1830, mostly in the ...

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Fairbairn, Sir Thomas, second baronet (1823–1891), art administrator and patron, was born on 18 January 1823 at The Polygon, Ardwick, Manchester, the third of the eight surviving children of Sir William Fairbairn, first baronet (1789–1874), engineer, and his wife, Dorothy (1788/9–1882), daughter of ...

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Charles Drury Edward Fortnum (1820–1899) by Charles Alexander Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Fortnum, Charles Drury Edward (1820–1899), art collector and art historian, was born on 2 March 1820 in Holloway, London, the son of Charles Fortnum (1770–1860), merchant, and his second wife, Laetitia Stephens (1782–1853), widow of Lieutenant Robert Basden RN (d. 1810). He was baptized ...

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Gulston, Joseph (1744/5–1786), book and art collector and connoisseur, was the eldest son of Joseph Gulston (1693/4–1766), a successful loan contractor with mercantile interests in Lisbon, and his wife, Mericas Sylva (1714/15–1799), the daughter of a Portuguese merchant. His father became MP in turn for ...

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(Dowrish) Evelyn Louis Joll (1925–2001) by Lucy Anne Dickens, 2000 © Lucy Dickens; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Joll, (Dowrish) Evelyn Louis (1925–2001), fine art dealer and art historian, was born at 29 Devonshire Street, London, on 6 February 1925, the only child of Cecil Augustus Joll (1886–1945) and his first wife, Laura Meriel, née Winsloe (d. 1931). His father was a distinguished surgeon, becoming senior surgeon at the ...

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Ottley, William Young (1771–1836), writer on art and collector, was born near Thatcham, Berkshire, on 6 August 1771, the son of a plantation owner, Richard Ottley. He was educated at a school near Richmond, Yorkshire, where he was a pupil of George Cuitt the elder...

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Edith May Pretty (1883–1942) by unknown photographer, c.1939 © National Trust Images / Sutton Hoo

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Pretty [née Dempster], Edith May (1883–1942), landowner and benefactor, was born on 1 August 1883 at Elland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the second daughter of Robert Dempster (d. 1925), then a gas engineer employed in his father's company, and his wife, Elizabeth, ...

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Sir John Charles Robinson (1824–1913) by John James Napier © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robinson, Sir John Charles (1824–1913), museum curator and art collector, was born on 16 December 1824 in Nottingham, the son of Alfred Robinson. He was brought up by his grandfather, a bookseller, and educated in Nottingham. Originally intending to train as an architect, he turned instead to painting, and studied in the studio of ...

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Rogers, Charles (1711–1784), art collector and connoisseur, born on 2 August 1711, was the second surviving son of William and Isabella Rogers of Dean Street, Soho, London. He received his elementary education at a private school near the Mews, Dean Street. In May 1731 he was appointed as a clerk in the custom house under ...

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Paulina Jermyn Trevelyan, Lady Trevelyan (1816–1866) by William Bell Scott, 1864 National Trust Photographic Library

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Trevelyan, Paulina Jermyn [Pauline] [née Paulina Jermyn], Lady Trevelyan (1816–1866), art patron and critic, was born on 25 January 1816 at Hawkedon, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, the eldest of the seven children of the Revd Dr George Bitton Jermyn (1789–1857), vicar of ...