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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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William George Spencer Cavendish, sixth duke of Devonshire (1790–1858) by Sir Edwin Landseer, exh. RA 1832 Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Cavendish, William George Spencer, sixth duke of Devonshire (1790–1858), whig grandee and connoisseur of the arts, only son and youngest of three children of William Cavendish, fifth duke of Devonshire (1748–1811), and Georgiana Cavendish (1757–1806), elder daughter of John Spencer, first Earl Spencer...

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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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Charles Long, Baron Farnborough (1760–1838) by Henry Edridge, 1805 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Long, Charles, Baron Farnborough (1760–1838), politician and connoisseur of the arts, was born in the City of London in January 1760, the fourth son of Beeston Long, the head of a well-known firm of West Indies merchants in the City. A senior branch of the family, established at ...

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Pitt, Thomas, first Baron Camelford (1737–1793), politician and dilettante, was born and baptized at Boconnoc, Cornwall, on 3 March 1737, the only surviving son in the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Pitt (c.1705–1761), MP and lord warden of the stannaries, and his wife, ...

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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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Smith, Rupert Alexander Alec- (1913–1983), architectural conservationist and local politician, was born on 5 September 1913 at Elloughton, near Hull, the only son and elder of the two children of Alexander Smith (1877–1952), timber merchant, and his wife, Lucy Adelaide, née Horsley (1879–1957)...

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Rupert Alexander Alec- Smith (1913–1983) by Walter Goodin, 1952 Hull and East Riding Museum / Bridgeman Art Library