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Penelope Boothby (1785–1791) by Joshua Reynolds, 1788 private collection

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Boothby, Penelope (1785–1791), artist's model and subject of poetry, was born at Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 11 April 1785, the daughter of Sir Brooke Boothby, seventh baronet (1744–1824), and his wife, Susanna (1755–1822), daughter and sole heir of Robert Bristoe or Bristow of Micheldever, Hampshire...

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Buckler, John (1770–1851), artist and architect, was born on 30 November 1770 at Calbourne, Isle of Wight, and baptized there at All Saints' Church on 27 December, the eldest son of Edward Buckler (1741–1792) and his wife, Hannah (1745–1809), daughter of William Jacob...

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Dunthorne, John (bap. 1770, d. 1844), artist and early mentor of John Constable, was baptized on 11 February 1770 in Great Whelnetham, Suffolk, the eldest of four children of James Dunthorne (c.1725–1792) and his second wife, Ann Mingay (c.1750–1832)...

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Kathleen Hale (1898–2000) by Kurt Hutton, 1949 Getty Images – Kurt Hutton

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Hale, Kathleen (1898–2000), artist and writer, was born on 24 May 1898 at her family's holiday house, St Bede's, Broughton, Lanarkshire, the youngest of the three children of Charles Edward Hale (1859–1903), a travelling agent for Chappell pianos, and his wife, Ethel Alice Aylmer (1868–1965)...

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Emma Hamilton, Lady Hamilton (bap. 1765, d. 1815) by George Romney, 1782–6 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton [née Lyon], Emma, Lady Hamilton (bap. 1765, d. 1815), social celebrity and artist's model, was born at Ness, Cheshire, and baptized nearby at Great Neston on 12 May 1765. One month later her father, Henry Lyon, an illiterate blacksmith, died and she was thereafter brought up by her mother, ...

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Robert Sheffield, marquess of Normanby (1711–1715) by unknown artist, 1721? © Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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Sheffield, Robert, marquess of Normanby (1711–1715), subject of a memorial effigy, was born on 11 December 1711, probably at Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace), Westminster, the second son of John Sheffield, first duke of Buckingham and Normanby (1647–1721), and his third wife, Katherine, ...