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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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Crawley, Samuel (1705–1762), collector and consul in Smyrna, was born on 11 June 1705 and baptized on 19 June at St Benet's, Paul's Wharf, in the City of London. He was the second son of Richard Crawley (bap. 1666, d. 1713), deputy registrar of the ...

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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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Fane [née Wellesley-Pole], Priscilla Anne, countess of Westmorland (1793–1879), diplomatic service wife and artist, was born on 13 March 1793. Her father was William Wellesley-Pole (1763–1845), brother of the duke of Wellington and Lord Wellesley; he was himself created Baron Maryborough in 1821, and succeeded his brother as ...

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Greenhill, Basil Jack (1920–2003), diplomatist, maritime historian, and museum director, was born on 26 February 1920 at 169 Moorland Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, the only child of Basil Jack Greenhill, insurance salesman, and his wife, Edith, formerly Mitchell, née Holmes. He was educated at ...

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Sir William Hamilton (1731–1803) by David Allan, 1775 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Sir William (1731–1803), diplomatist and art collector, was born, according to the baptismal register, on 12 January 1731, either in London or at Park Place, a family residence near Remenham, Berkshire. He was baptized at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, on 27 January, the fourth and youngest son of ...

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Labouchere, Sir George Peter (1905–1999), diplomatist and art collector, was born in London on 2 December 1905, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Anthony (Frank) Labouchere, a senior civil servant in the Post Office, and his wife, Evelyn Mary Caroline Lihla (b...

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Massey, (Charles) Vincent (1887–1967), diplomatist and patron of the arts, was born in Toronto, Ontario, on 20 February 1887, the eldest son of Chester Daniel Massey (1850–1926) and his wife, Anna Dobbins Vincent (1859–1903). Raymond Massey, the film actor and director, was his younger brother. The family house, ...

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Porter, Sir Robert Ker [pseud. Reynold Steinkirk] (1777–1842), painter, writer, and diplomat, was born in Durham on 26 April 1777, one of the five children of William Porter (1735–1779), who was buried at St Oswald's, Durham, in 1779 after twenty-three years' service as surgeon to the ...

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Sir Robert Ker Porter (1777–1842) by William Oakley Burgess, pubd 1843 (after George Henry Harlow) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scaglia, Alessandro Cesare (1592–1641), diplomat and art collector, was born in Piedmont, part of the duchy of Savoy, the second son of Filiberto Gherado, count of Verrua (1561/2–1619), and his wife, Bianca. He was probably raised at court in Turin through his father's position as court chamberlain, and in 1603 journeyed with his father and elder brother to the Spanish court with the Savoyard duke's sons and ...

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Trumbull, John (1756–1843), painter and diplomat, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, America, on 6 June 1756. He was the youngest of the six children of Jonathan Trumbull (1710–1785), a shipowner and later governor of Connecticut (1769–84), and his wife, Faith Robinson (1718–1780), daughter of ...

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Wright, Sir James, first baronet (bap. 1717, d. 1804), diplomatist and art collector, was baptized on 18 January 1717, probably in Coventry, the son of Thomas Wright of Coventry and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir John Huband. He attended Mr Legiat's school...