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Louisa Caroline Baring, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903) by Carlo, Baron Marochetti, 1861 property of the Marquess of Northampton; Beedle & Cooper

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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Natalie Alice Bevan (1909–2007) by Mark Gertler, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bevan [née Ackenhausen], Natalie Alice (1909–2007), artist, muse, and collector, was born on 22 May 1909 at 2 Pembroke Cottages, Edwardes Square, London, the elder daughter and eldest of three children of Kurt Bernhard Heinrich Carl Ackenhausen (1878/9–1954) and his wife, Alice Katherine Inchbold, ...

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Douglas, Cecilia (1772–1862), West India planter, slave owner, and art collector, was born in Glasgow on 28 February 1772, the daughter of John Douglas, West India merchant, formerly of Edinburgh, and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of George Buchanan, merchant. Both her maternal and paternal family lines had connections with the ...

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Margaret Emilia Gardiner (1904–2005) by unknown photographer, c. 1980 Pier Arts Centre; licensor SCRAN

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Gardiner, Margaret Emilia (1904–2005), patron of the arts, was born on 22 April 1904 in Berlin, the only daughter and second of the three children of Sir Alan Henderson Gardiner (1879–1963), Egyptologist, and his wife, Hedwig (Heddie), née von Rosen (d. 1964)...

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Germain [née Berkeley], Lady Elizabeth [Betty] (1680–1769), courtier and art collector, was the second daughter in the family of four sons and three daughters of Charles Berkeley, second earl of Berkeley (1649–1710), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1719), daughter of Baptist Noel, ...

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Hartley, Marie (1905–2006), artist, historian, and collector, was born on 25 September 1905 at Middleton Road, Morley, Yorkshire, the only daughter and elder child of Harry Hartley, a prosperous shoddy, or felt, manufacturer, and his wife, Gertrude, née Hinchliffe, whose family made woollen cloth in the town and presented a window symbolizing Aspiration to ...

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Heaton, Ellen (1816–1894), art collector and philanthropist, was born on 18 November 1816 at 7 Briggate, Leeds, the elder of the two children of John Heaton (1769–1852), bookseller and printer, and his wife, Ann Deakin (1774–1841), who came from a family of West Riding...

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Aletheia Howard, countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654) by Daniel Mytens, c. 1618 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Howard, Aletheia [née Talbot], countess of Arundel, of Surrey, and of Norfolk, and suo jure Baroness Furnivall, Baroness Talbot, and Baroness Strange of Blackmere (d. 1654), patron and collector of art, was born after 1582, the youngest of five children of Gilbert Talbot, ...

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See Nicol, George

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See under Postan, Sir Michael Moïssey

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Edith May Pretty (1883–1942) by unknown photographer, c.1939 © National Trust Images / Sutton Hoo

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Pretty [née Dempster], Edith May (1883–1942), landowner and benefactor, was born on 1 August 1883 at Elland, near Halifax, Yorkshire, the second daughter of Robert Dempster (d. 1925), then a gas engineer employed in his father's company, and his wife, Elizabeth, ...

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Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber (1812–1895) by William Walker, pubd 1852 (after Richard Buckner) Glamorgan Record Office

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Helen Christian Sutherland (1881–1965) by unknown photographer © reserved / print supplied by Tate Gallery Archive

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Sutherland [married name Denman], Helen Christian (1881–1965), collector and patron of the arts, was born on 24 February 1881 at 167 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, the eldest of three children and the only daughter of Sir Thomas Sutherland (1834–1922), shipowner and Liberal Unionist MP for ...