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Arnold, Janet (1932–1998), costume historian, was born on 6 October 1932 at Duncan House, Clifton Down Road, Bristol, the only child of Frederick Charles Arnold (1898–1976), ironmonger, and his wife, Adeline, née Jacob (1895–1985), a nurse, daughter of the Revd Thomas Jacob and his wife, ...

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Brookner [née Bruckner], Anita (1928–2016), art historian and novelist, was born at 55 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, south-east London, on 16 July 1928, the only child of Maude Bruckner (later Brookner), née Schishka (1894–1969), a singer prior to her marriage, and ...

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Browse, Lillian Gertrude (1906–2005), art dealer and art historian, was born at 2 Carlton Mansions, West End Lane, Hampstead, London, on 21 April 1906, the younger child of Michael Browse, entrepreneur, champion cyclist, and son of a Jewish White Russian émigré who had settled in ...

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Cartwright [married name Ady], Julia Mary (1851–1924), art historian and biographer, was born at the family home, Edgcote House, Edgcote, Northamptonshire, on 7 November 1851, one of the ten children of Richard Aubrey Cartwright and his wife, Mary Fremantle (d. 1885)...

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Dilke [née Strong; other married name Pattison], Emilia Francis, Lady Dilke (1840–1904), art historian and trade unionist, was born on 2 September 1840 in Ilfracombe, Devon, the fourth of the six children of Henry Strong (1794–1876) and his wife, Emily Weedon (...

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Foskett [née Kirk], Daphne (1911–1998), art connoisseur and writer, was born on 23 December 1911 at Shoddesden, Kimpton, Hampshire, the daughter of John William Carnegie Kirk, a captain in the Duke of Cornwall's light infantry, and his wife, Agnes Maud Haynes. Her paternal grandfather was ...

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Gray [née Binyon], Nicolete Mary (1911–1997), historian of lettering, letter carver, and art critic, was born on 20 July 1911 at Stevenage, Hertfordshire, the last of three children of Laurence Binyon (1869–1943), poet, art critic, and scholar, and his wife, Cicely Margaret (1876–1962)...

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Jameson [née Murphy], Anna Brownell (1794–1860), writer and art historian, was born on 19 May 1794 at Dublin, the first of the five daughters of Denis Brownell Murphy (d. 1842), Irish miniature artist, and his English wife, Johanna, known as Minnie (...

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Jourdain, (Emily) Margaret (1876–1951), historian of English furniture and decoration, was born on 15 August 1876 in Derwent, Derbyshire, the eighth of ten children of the Revd Francis Jourdain (1834–1898) and his wife, Emily, daughter of Charles Clay, a Manchester surgeon. As the hard-up daughter of a hard-up country parson, surrounded by caustic and highly competitive siblings, ...

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Newton [née Pearce], Stella Mary (1901–2001), designer and dress historian, was born on 17 April 1901 at 33 Romola Road, Herne Hill, London, the only child of Henry James Pearce (1868–1935), printer's manager, and his wife, Georgiana Maria Wilkie, née Hoby (1870–1963)...

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Paget, Violet [pseud. Vernon Lee] (1856–1935), art historian and writer, was born on 14 October 1856 at Château St Léonard, near Boulogne, France. Her mother, Matilda (1815–1896), was the daughter of Edward Hamlin Adams (1777–1842), who came from a wealthy planter's family in ...