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Benson, William (bap. 1682, d. 1754), politician, architect, and literary critic, was baptized on 17 March 1682 at St Leonard's Church, Bromley by Bow, Middlesex; he was the eldest of fourteen children of William Benson (1640/41–1712), a wealthy iron merchant of Bromley by Bow...


Mortimer, (Charles) Raymond Bell (1895–1980), writer on literature and art critic, was born at 62 Albert Gate Mansions, Knightsbridge, London, on 25 April 1895, the only child of Charles Edward Mortimer, a prosperous parliamentary solicitor of Devon stock, and his wife, (Marion) Josephine Cantrell...


(Charles) Raymond Bell Mortimer (1895–1980) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1942 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London


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 ...