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A. D. Rutherston

revised by Catherine Haill

Fraser, (Claud) Lovat (1890–1921), artist and designer, was born in London on 15 May 1890, the elder son of Claud Fraser (1862–1929), solicitor, and his wife, Florence Margaret Walsh (b. 1854), amateur harpist and watercolour artist. He was baptized Lovat Claud Fraser...


D. Pepys-Whiteley

revised by James Hamilton

Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne (1904–1978), artist and stage designer, was born on 13 January 1904 at 27 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London, the youngest of the three children of Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Charles Rudolph Messel (1872–1953), of Nymans, Cuckfield, Sussex, a soldier and stockbroker of German extraction, and his wife, ...


John Egerton Christmas Piper (1903–1992) by Ida Kar, 1954 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Piper, John Egerton Christmas (1903–1992), artist and designer, was born on 13 December 1903 at Alresford, Ashley Road, Epsom, Surrey, the youngest of the three sons of Charles Alfred Piper (1862–1927), solicitor, and his wife, Mary Ellen Mathews (1866/7–1957).


Topolski, (Felician) Feliks (1907–1989), artist and stage designer, was born Felicjan Tylpel-Topolski in Warsaw on 14 August 1907, the only child of Edward Topolski, actor and manager, and his wife, Stanislawa Drutowska, who later divorced her husband and married an army officer. Topolski...