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Angadi, Ayana Deva (1903–1993), journalist and arts promoter  

Reginald Massey

Angadi, Ayana Deva (1903–1993), journalist and arts promoter, was born on 12 March 1903 in the village of Jakanur, in the south Indian state of Mysore, the son of Veerayya Angadi and his wife, Kotawa. Mysore, ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty, was a progressive princely state where education was highly valued. ...

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Beaumont, Sir George Howland, seventh baronet (1753–1827)  

Maker: John Hoppner

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Sir George Howland Beaumont, seventh baronet (1753–1827) by John Hoppner, 1803–8 © The National Gallery, London

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Beaumont, Sir George Howland, seventh baronet (1753–1827), art patron and landscape painter  

Felicity Owen and David Blayney Brown

Beaumont, Sir George Howland, seventh baronet (1753–1827), art patron and landscape painter, was born on 6 November 1753, at Dunmow, Essex, the only surviving son of Sir George Beaumont, sixth baronet (1726–1762), landowner, and his wife, Rachel (1717/18–1814), daughter of Michael Howland of ...

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Bendhem, Thomas [Tom] (1928–2002), businessman and art patron  

Gill Hedley

Bendhem, Thomas [Tom] (1928–2002), businessman and art patron, was born on 13 September 1928 in Berlin, the third child and second son of Heinrich (later Henry) Bendhem (1892–1965), owner of coal and wine businesses, and his wife, Elise Charlotte, née Frank (1898–1987). At the age of five, ...

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Bentinck, Margaret Cavendish [née Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley], duchess of Portland (1715–1785), collector of art and natural history specimens and patron of arts and sciences  

Pat Rogers

Bentinck, Margaret Cavendish [née Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley], duchess of Portland (1715–1785), collector of art and natural history specimens and patron of arts and sciences, was born on 11 February 1715 in London, the only surviving child of Edward Harley, later second earl of Oxford...

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Bentinck, Margaret Cavendish [Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley], duchess of Portland (1715–1785)  

Maker: Joseph Brown

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Margaret Cavendish Bentinck [Lady Margaret Cavendish Harley], duchess of Portland (1715–1785) by Joseph Brown, pubd 1861 (after Christian Friedrich Zincke, 1738) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bicknell, Elhanan (1788–1861), art patron and businessman  

Selby Whittingham

Bicknell, Elhanan (1788–1861), art patron and businessman, was born on 21 December 1788, at 8 Blackman Street, Southwark, London, the second son of William Bicknell (1749–1825) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Randall (1756–1821), of Sevenoaks, Kent. William was a friend of John Wesley...

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Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753), architect, collector, and patron of the arts  

Pamela Denman Kingsbury

Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753), architect, collector, and patron of the arts, was born on 25 April 1694 at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, the only son of Charles Boyle, second earl of Burlington and third earl of Cork...

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Boyle, Richard, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753)  

Maker: Jonathan Richardson the elder

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Richard Boyle, third earl of Burlington and fourth earl of Cork (1694–1753) by Jonathan Richardson the elder, c. 1717–19 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brooke [née Benckendorff], Nathalie (1923–2019), patron of the arts  

Jane Ridley

Brooke [née Benckendorff], Nathalie (1923–2019), patron of the arts, was born on 8 September 1923 in Petrograd, Russia, the daughter of Count Constantine Benckendorff (1880–1959) and his wife, the harpist Maria Korchinska (1895–1979). A granddaughter of Count ...

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Cavendish [née Hervey; other married name Foster], Elizabeth Christiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1824), society hostess and patron of the arts  

Amanda Foreman and Matthew Kilburn

Cavendish [née Hervey; other married name Foster], Elizabeth Christiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1824), society hostess and patron of the arts, was the middle daughter of Frederick Augustus Hervey, fourth earl of Bristol (1730–1803), and his wife, Elizabeth Davers (1730–1800), and was known for most her life as ...

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Cavendish, Elizabeth Christiana, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1824)  

Maker: Sir Joshua Reynolds

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Elizabeth Christiana Cavendish, duchess of Devonshire (1757–1824) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1787 Chatsworth House. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Cavendish, William, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676)  

Maker: Abraham van Diepenbeck

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William Cavendish, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676) by Abraham van Diepenbeck [with Bolsover Castle in the background] © Copyright The British Museum

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Cavendish, William, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), writer, patron, and royalist army officer  

Lynn Hulse

Cavendish, William, first duke of Newcastle upon Tyne (bap. 1593, d. 1676), writer, patron, and royalist army officer, was born at Handsworth Manor, Yorkshire, and was baptized in the parish on 16 December 1593. He was the second of three children, the first having died in infancy, of ...

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Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron Clark (1903–1983)  

Maker: Graham Sutherland

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Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903–1983) by Graham Sutherland, 1963–4 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art patron and historian  

David Piper

Clark, Kenneth Mackenzie, Baron Clark (1903–1983), art patron and historian, was born at 32 Grosvenor Square, London, on 13 July 1903, the only child of Kenneth Mackenzie Clark and his wife, (Margaret) Alice, daughter of James McArthur of Manchester and formerly of Paisley...

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Cole, Sir Ralph, second baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1704), painter and patron of the arts  

Arianne Burnette

Cole, Sir Ralph, second baronet (bap. 1629, d. 1704), painter and patron of the arts, was baptized on 3 November 1629. Of his six sons, Ralph was the first surviving son and heir of Sir Nicholas Cole, first baronet (d. 1669), of ...

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Combe, Thomas (1796–1872)  

Maker: Sir John Everett Millais

Thomas Combe (1796–1872) by Sir John Everett Millais, 1850 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Combe, Thomas (1796–1872), printer and patron of the arts  

Colin Hughes

Combe, Thomas (1796–1872), printer and patron of the arts, was born on 21 July 1796 in Leicester, the second of six children of Thomas Combe (1757/8-1836), the town's leading bookseller and printer of the Leicester Chronicle, and his wife, ...

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Compton, Spencer Joshua Alwyne, second marquess of Northampton (1790–1851), patron of science and the arts  

Jack Morrell

Compton, Spencer Joshua Alwyne, second marquess of Northampton (1790–1851), patron of science and the arts, was born on 2 January 1790 at Erlestoke Park, Wiltshire, the second son of Charles Compton, ninth earl and first marquess of Northampton, and Mary, only daughter of ...