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Abbot, John (1751–1840?), naturalist and artist  

Marcus B. Simpson jun.

Abbot, John (1751–1840?), naturalist and artist, born at Bennet Street, St James, London, on 1 June 1751, was the second of the five children of John Abbot (d. 1787), a prosperous attorney, and his wife, Ann Clousinger. As a youth, Abbot developed a passion for entomology and for drawing, an enthusiasm that was supported by his father, who retained ...


Abney, Sir William de Wiveleslie (1843–1920), civil servant and photographic scientist  

Peter J. T. Morris

Abney, Sir William de Wiveleslie (1843–1920), civil servant and photographic scientist, was born at Derby on 24 July 1843, the eldest son of Edward Henry Abney (bap. 1811, d. 1892), vicar of St Alkmund's, Derby, afterwards prebendary of Lichfield, and Catharina, daughter of ...


Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist  

John Ford

Ackermann, George (1803–1891), publisher and artist, was born in London on 29 January 1803, the second surviving son of Rudolph Ackermann (1764–1834) and Martha, née Massey (1769–1811). By nature quiet, gentle, and something of a dreamer, he was nevertheless an obedient son and began a long and active business career by joining his father's business as publisher of books and prints at ...


Ackling, (Walter) Roger (1947–2014), artist  

Gill Hedley

Ackling, (Walter) Roger (1947–2014), artist, was born on 11 August 1947 at the West Middlesex Hospital, Twickenham Road, Isleworth, the first child and only son of Walter Frederick Ackling (1921–2013), quantity surveyor, and his wife, Alice Jean, née Lockton...


Adams, Norman Edward Albert (1927–2005), artist  

Magdalen Evans

Adams, Norman Edward Albert (1927–2005), artist, was born on 9 February 1927 in a flat at 74 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, Essex, the only child of Albert Henry Adams (1900–1975), a London Transport clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth Winifred Rose, née Humphries (1906–2000). The family moved shortly afterwards to ...


Adamson, Joy [née Friederike Viktoria Gessner] (1910–1980), conservationist and artist  

Mary R. S. Creese

Adamson, Joy [née Friederike Viktoria Gessner] (1910–1980), conservationist and artist, was born on 20 January 1910 in Troppau, Silesia, the second of the three children of Viktor Gessner (d. 1933/4), civil servant, and his wife, Traute Greipel (1888?–1973). Her mother's family was well off, owning lands and paper factories. After her parents were divorced in 1922 she was brought up by her maternal grandmother in ...


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Adamson, Joy (1910–1980)  

Maker: unknown photographer


Joy Adamson (1910–1980) by unknown photographer [with Elsa the lioness] © Elsa Conservation Trust


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Agar, Eileen Forrester (1899–1991)  

Maker: Eileen Forrester Agar


Eileen Forrester Agar (1899–1991) self-portrait, 1927 © Estate of Eileen Agar; collection National Portrait Gallery, London


Agar, Eileen Forrester (1899–1991), artist  

Andrew Lambirth

Agar, Eileen Forrester (1899–1991), artist, was born on 1 December 1899 at Quinta la Lila, Flores, a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the second of three daughters of James Senior Agar (1860–1925), businessman, and his wife, Mary (Mamie), née Bagley (1875–1943), whose family came from ...


Aldridge, Alan Roy (1938–2017), art director and illustrator  

Rick Poynor

Aldridge, Alan Roy (1938–2017), art director and illustrator, was born on 8 July 1938 at the Princess Mary RAF Hospital, Halton, Buckinghamshire, the son of Sydney Roland Aldridge (1904-1984), a corporal in the RAF, based at RAF North Weald, Epping, and his wife, ...


Alexander, William (1767–1816), artist and museum curator  

Richard Garnett

revised by Heather M. MacLennan

Alexander, William (1767–1816), artist and museum curator, was born at Maidstone, Kent, on 10 April 1767, one of the three sons and one daughter of Harry Alexander, a coachbuilder. A pencil and watercolour sketch by Alexander of the street where he was born is in ...


Allom, Thomas (1804–1872), architect and artist  

Diana Brooks

Allom, Thomas (1804–1872), architect and artist, was born on 13 March 1804 at Lambeth, the second of the two children of Thomas Allom (1770–1840), a coachman, and his wife, Martha Rampley (1771–1861), who were both originally from Suffolk. He was articled to the architect ...


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Allom, Thomas (1804–1872)  

Maker: Thomas Carrick


Thomas Allom (1804–1872) by Thomas Carrick, 1846 private collection


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Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist  

William Feaver

Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist, was born on 30 October 1928 at 142 Glebe Road, Norwich, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Emma, née Green. Reared a Methodist and readied by his parents for a job for life in the ...


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Andrews, Robert (1725–1806)  

Maker: Thomas Gainsborough


Robert Andrews (1725–1806) by Thomas Gainsborough, c.1750 © National Gallery, London / The Bridgeman Art Library


Andrews, Robert (1725–1806), landowner and subject of a painting by Thomas Gainsborough  

Hugh Belsey

Andrews, Robert (1725–1806), landowner and subject of a painting by Thomas Gainsborough, was born at Bulmer, Essex, on 10 November 1725, the son of Robert Andrews (1661–1735) and his fourth wife, Martha (d. 1749), the daughter of James Brewster (d. 1725)...


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Angas, George French (1822–1886), artist and zoologist  

Elizabeth Baigent

Angas, George French (1822–1886), artist and zoologist, born on 25 April 1822 in Newcastle upon Tyne, was the eldest son of George Fife Angas (1789–1879) and his wife, Rosetta French (1796–1867), who had three sons and four daughters. When he was a child his family moved to ...


Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist  

James Russell

Angus, Margaret MacGregor [Peggy] (1904–1993), designer and artist, was born on 9 November 1904 in Coronel, Chile, the tenth surviving child of David Angus (1855–1926), railway engineer, and his wife, Mary, née Wilson (1860–1939), a former teacher. Her parents were originally from Scotland...