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Blundell, Henry (1724–1810), art collector, was born at Ince Blundell, Lancashire, the son of Robert Blundell (d. 1773) and his wife, Katharine, daughter of Sir Stanley Rowland, bt, of Hooton, Chester. Like many Catholics he received his education abroad, first at the college of the English Jesuits at ...

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Bonfiglioli, Kyril Emanuel George [Cyril] (1928–1985), art dealer and writer, was born on 29 May 1928 at 9 Upperton Road, Eastbourne, the second among the three children of Emanuel Bonfiglioli (1886–1961), and his wife, Dorothy Annie Pallett (c.1900–1943). His father was an Italo-Slovene, born in ...

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Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983) by Graham Sutherland, 1963–4 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art patron and historian, was born at 32 Grosvenor Square, London, on 13 July 1903, the only child of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark and his wife, (Margaret) Alice, daughter of James McArthur of Manchester and formerly of Paisley...

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Desenfans, Noel Joseph (1744–1807), art dealer, was born at Avesnes-sur-Helpe, near St Quentin, France, in December 1744. Educated at the universities of Douai and Paris, he published the Rousseauesque L'élève de la nature (1763), and a stage comedy. At Douai he met the future actor ...

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Duane, Matthew (1707–1785), lawyer and art patron, was of obscure family origins. It seems likely that he came from Ireland and that his education took place in a Catholic school on the continent. Prevented by his religion from being called to the bar, he was by his mid-thirties practising with great success as a ‘chamber counsel’ and conveyancer in ...

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Matthew Duane (1707–1785) by James Mitan, pubd 1798 (after Giles Hussey, 1774) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fagan, Robert (1761–1816), art dealer and portrait painter, the son of Michael Fagan (1728–1783), was born on 5 March 1761. The Fagans were from Cork, but his father had a successful bakery business at Long Acre, London, which was probably Fagan's birthplace. Reputedly a pupil of ...

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Aletheia Howard, countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654) by Daniel Mytens, c. 1618 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Aletheia [née Talbot], countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654), patron and collector of art, was born after 1582, the youngest of five children of Gilbert Talbot, ...

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Thomas Howard, fourteenth earl of Arundel, fourth earl of Surrey, and first earl of Norfolk (1585–1646) by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1629 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Thomas, fourteenth earl of Arundel, fourth earl of Surrey, and first earl of Norfolk (1585–1646), art collector and politician, was born at Finchingfield, Essex, on 7 July 1585, the only son of Philip Howard, thirteenth earl of Arundel (1557–1595), and his wife, ...

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Man, Felix Hans (1893–1985), photographer and art collector, was born on 30 November 1893 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, as Hans Felix Sigismund Baumann, one of the five children of Karl Sigismund Ludwig Baumann (1853–1914) and his wife, Johanne Jacobine Helene Hofmann (1863–1915)...

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Felix Hans Man (1893–1985) by Roger George Clark, 1983 © Roger George Clark; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Molyneux, Edward Henry (1891–1974), couturier and art collector, was born at 29 Greencroft Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 5 September 1891, the only son and second child of Justin Molyneux (b. c.1864, d. in or before 1901), a commercial traveller, and his wife, ...

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Power, Edward Joseph [Ted] (1899–1993), radio engineer and art collector, was born on 11 September 1899 at Maryborough, Queen's county, Ireland, one of the four children of Patrick Power, an army sergeant in the Leinster regiment, and his wife, Jane, formerly Heart. The family moved to ...

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Ricketts, Charles de Sousy (1866–1931), artist and art collector, was born on 2 October 1866 at Maison Turretine, Grand Quai, Geneva, Switzerland, the only son of Charles Robert Ricketts (1838–1883), a retired English naval officer, and Hélène Cornélie de Soucy (1833/4–1880), daughter of ...

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866–1931) by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1898 [The Man in the Inverness Cape] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robert Baldwin Ross (1869–1918) by Sir William Rothenstein © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ross, Robert Baldwin (1869–1918), journalist and gallery owner, was born in Tours, France, on 25 May 1869, the youngest of seven children of John Ross (1818–1871), attorney-general of Upper Canada, and his second wife, Augusta Elizabeth (c.1832–1905), the daughter of Robert Baldwin (1804–1858)...