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Kingsley Amis

revised by M. Clare Loughlin-Chow

Betjeman, Sir John (1906–1984), poet, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 28 August 1906 at 52 Parliament Hill Mansions, north London, the only child of Ernest Edward Betjemann (1872–1934), a furniture manufacturer, and his wife, Mabel Bessie Dawson (1879–1952). The family name, of Dutch or German origin, can be traced back to an immigration in the late eighteenth century. The poet adopted his style of it about the age of twenty-one....

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Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1955 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's

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Binyon, (Robert) Laurence (1869–1943), poet and art historian, was born on 10 August 1869 at 1 High Street, Lancaster, the second of the nine children of Frederick Binyon (1838–1900), vicar of Burton in Lonsdale, Yorkshire, and his wife, Mary (1839–1919), daughter of Robert Benson Dockray (1811–1871)...

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(Robert) Laurence Binyon (1869–1943) by William Strang, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Duncombe [née Highmore], Susanna (1725–1812), artist and poet, was born on 5 December 1725 at the Two Lions, 24 Holborn Row, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, the second child of Joseph Highmore (1692–1780), a painter, and his wife, Susanna Hiller (1689/90–1750) [see...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Eagles, John (1783–1855), art critic and poet, was born in Bristol and baptized there on 8 November 1783 in the parish of St Augustine, the second of the two children, and only son, of Thomas Eagles (bap. 1746, d. 1812), merchant and classical scholar, and his wife, ...

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Goddard [née Egan], Mary (bap. 1717, d. 1752), poet and milliner, was baptized on 12 July 1717 at St Nicholas Within, Dublin, the daughter of Mary, whose maiden name was probably Colwell, and Terence Egan, variously styled 'Mr.' or 'Gent.' in the parish registers. ...

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Jones, John [pseud. Talhaiarn] (1810–1869), poet and architect, was born on 19 January 1810 at The Harp, an inn kept by his parents, John Jones (d. 1832), a carpenter and smallholder, and his wife, Gwen, née Williams (d. c.1857)...

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Killigrew, Anne (1660–1685), poet and painter, was born in St Martin's Lane, London, the daughter of Dr Henry Killigrew (1613–1700), chaplain and almoner to the duke of York, master of the Savoy, and prebendary of Westminster, and his wife, Judith (d. 1683)...

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Anne Killigrew (1660–1685) self-portrait The Berkeley Castle Will Trust. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Mason, William (1725–1797), poet and garden designer, was born on 12 February 1725 at Holy Trinity Church vicarage, Vicar Lane, Kingston upon Hull, the only son of the Revd William Mason (1694–1753), incumbent of Holy Trinity from 1722 to 1753, and his first wife, ...

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William Mason (1725–1797) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1774 Pembroke College, Cambridge

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Austin Dobson

revised by Sayoni Basu

Monkhouse, William Cosmo (1840–1901), poet and art critic, born in London on 18 March 1840, was the son of Cyril John Monkhouse, a solicitor, and his wife, Amelia Maria Delafosse, who was of a Huguenot family which came to England after the revocation of the edict of Nantes. He entered ...

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O'Neill [née Boyle], Henrietta (1757/8–1793), poet and patron of the arts, was the only child of Charles Boyle, Lord Dungarvan (1728/9–1759), son of John Boyle, fifth earl of Cork and Orrery, and Susanna (1732–1783), daughter of Henry Hoare (1705–1785), a banker who created the gardens at ...

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Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art, was born on 4 December 1893 at Muscoates Grange, near Kirkby Moorside, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest of the four children of Herbert Edward Read (1868–1903), tenant farmer, and of ...

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Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828–1882), painter and poet, was born on 12 May 1828 at 38 Charlotte Street, Portland Place, London, the second child of Gabriele Pasquale Giuseppe Rossetti (1783–1854) and Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori (1800–1886). He was baptized at All Souls, Langham Place, London...

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1863 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Swain, Charles (1801–1874), poet and engraver, was born in Every Street, Manchester, on 4 January 1801 and baptized on 11 February 1801 at St Ann's, Manchester, the son of John Swain (bap. 1759?, d. 1806), a native of Knutsford, Cheshire, and Caroline Tavaré...

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Townshend, Chauncy Hare (1798–1868), poet and collector, was born on 20 April 1798, the only son (he had a younger sister) of Henry Hare Townsend (1765?–1827) of Busbridge Hall, Godalming, and Walpole, Norfolk, and his wife, Charlotte Winter Lake (c.1770–1831), daughter of ...

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Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798–1868) by John Boaden, exh. RA 1828 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum