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Blencowe, Agnes (1817–1896), embroiderer and co-founder of the Ladies’ Ecclesiastical Embroidery Society  

Lynn Hulse

Blencowe, Agnes (1817–1896), embroiderer and co-founder of the Ladies’ Ecclesiastical Embroidery Society, was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on 13 April 1817, the tenth of twelve children of John Prescott Blencowe (1777/8–1840), merchant and lord mayor of King’s Lynn, and his wife, ...

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Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer  

Kay Staniland

Bury St Edmunds, Mabel of (fl. 1239–1256), embroiderer, is known to have been an embroiderer of ecclesiastical vestments directly commissioned by Henry III in the years 1239–44. Evidence for these commissions is to be found in the close and liberate rolls in a succession of payments for work in progress, for materials, or for work completed....

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Cave [married name Altof], Bertha (1881–1951), campaigner  

Judith Bourne

Cave [married name Altof], Bertha (1881–1951), campaigner for opening the legal profession to women, was born at Park Lodge, Sundridge, Kent, on 14 November 1881, the daughter and elder of two children of James Thomas Cave (b. 1845), a domestic servant and later butler to ...

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Clein [Cleyn], Francis [formerly Franz Klein] (d. 1658), painter and tapestry designer  

Wendy Hefford

Clein [Cleyn], Francis [formerly Franz Klein] (d. 1658), painter and tapestry designer, was born at Rostock in Germany, possibly the son of a goldsmith, Hans Klein. Apart from date of birth and parentage, Clein's life up to 1642–3, when details seem to have been obtained from ...

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Coronio [née Ionides], Aglaia (1834–1906), embroiderer, bookbinder, and art patron  

Linda Parry

Coronio [née Ionides], Aglaia (1834–1906), embroiderer, bookbinder, and art patron, was the second child and elder daughter of Alexander Ionides (1810–1890) and his wife, Euterpe, née Sgouta (b. 1816), who was described in George Du Maurier's novel Trilby (1894) as '...

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Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer  

Wendy Hefford

Crane, Sir Francis (c. 1579–1636), courtier and tapestry manufacturer, is first recorded in 1606. His name does not appear in registers of admissions to Oxford, Cambridge, or the inns of court until 1619, when he was admitted to Gray's Inn. A memorial tablet in the church at ...

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Dean, Beryl (1911–2001), embroiderer  

Diane Grant

Dean, Beryl (1911–2001), embroiderer, was born on 2 August 1911 at 70 Sandford Road, Bromley, Kent, the elder daughter of Herbert Charles Dean, stock and share dealer, and later financial adviser, and his wife, Marion, née Petter, a naturally gifted artist of Huguenot descent. ...

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Dolby [née Dolan], Anastasia Marie (1823/4–1873), embroiderer and designer  

Lynn Hulse

Dolby [née Dolan], Anastasia Marie (1823/4–1873), embroiderer and designer, was born in Westminster, London, in 1823/4, the daughter of David Dolan. Her early years were spent under the care and tuition of Elizabeth Bessemer, ‘a consummate artist … skilled in every accomplishment of the needles’ (...

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Glaister, Elizabeth (1839–1892), author and embroiderer  

Lynn Hulse

Glaister, Elizabeth (1839–1892), author and embroiderer, was born in Beckley, Sussex, on 21 April 1839, the eldest of four children of the Revd William Glaister (1795–1861), rector of Beckley and one-time fellow of University College, Oxford, and his wife, Elizabeth, née...

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Harrison, Edmund (bap. 1591, d. 1667), embroiderer  

Patricia Wardle

Harrison, Edmund (bap. 1591, d. 1667), embroiderer, was born in London, the son of Christopher Harrison (d. 1611), merchant taylor, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cook of Wakefield. He was baptized at St Margaret's, Westminster, on 23 May 1591. From 1599 to 1604 he was a pupil at ...

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Howard [married name Parker], Constance Mildred (1910–2000), embroiderer and textile artist  

Tanya Harrod

Howard [married name Parker], Constance Mildred (1910–2000), embroiderer and textile artist, was born on 8 December 1910 at 26 Albany Road, Abington, Northampton, the eldest among the three daughters of Arthur Howard, an elementary schoolmaster, and his wife and first cousin, Mildred Annie Abbott...

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Lambert [married name Sedgwick], Frances (1798–1880), embroiderer, fancy needleworker, and author  

Lynn Hulse

Lambert [married name Sedgwick], Frances (1798–1880), embroiderer, fancy needleworker, and author, was born in London on 29 November 1798, the elder daughter of Thomas Lambert (1774–1818), laceman, and his wife, Frances, née Stunt. With a family background in the manufacture of military trimmings, ...

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Morris [née Burden], Jane (1839–1914), embroiderer and artist's model  

Frank C. Sharp

Morris [née Burden], Jane (1839–1914), embroiderer and artist's model, was born in Oxford on 19 October 1839, the daughter of Robert Burden (d. 1865), a stablehand in Oxford, and his wife, Ann Maizey (d. 1871). Little is known of her childhood, but it was clearly one of poverty and deprivation....

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Morris [Burden], Jane (1839–1914)  

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Jane Morris (1839–1914) by unknown photographer, 1865 St Bride Printing Library

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015)  

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), by Tom Pilston, 2004

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Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), entrepreneur and philanthropist  

Martin Adeney

Noon, Gulam Kaderbhoy, Baron Noon (1936–2015), entrepreneur and philanthropist, was born in Bombay, India, on 24 January 1936, the third child of Kadherbhoy Ebrahimjee (d. c. 1943), sweet maker, and his wife, Bilkis Safiabi Kaderbhai Mithaiwalla, née Shirazi, an Iranian. He adopted the nickname ...

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Smith, David (d. 1587), embroiderer and benefactor  

Ian W. Archer

Smith, David (d. 1587), embroiderer and benefactor, is of unknown origins. Having been presumably apprenticed in the Broderers' Company of London, of which he became a prominent member, he joined the Elizabethan wardrobe establishment at Elizabeth's accession, sharing work with William Middleton: whereas ...

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Stainton, Sheila Catherine (1929–2019), textile conservator  

Helen Lloyd

Stainton, Sheila Catherine (1929–2019), textile conservator, was born on 11 August 1929 at 4 Sussex Square, Paddington, London, the fourth child and younger daughter of John Armitage Stainton (1888–1957), barrister at law, and his wife Janet Bertha, née Dewar (1895–1979...

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Wade, Louisa Anne (1843–1920), principal of the Royal School of Art Needlework  

Lynn Hulse

Wade, Louisa Anne (1843–1920), principal of the Royal School of Art Needlework, was born in July 1843 in Finsbury, London, where she was baptized at St Paul’s Church, Bunhill Row, Finsbury Park, on 21 July 1843. She was the fifth of fourteen children of the Revd ...

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Wardle, Elizabeth (1834–1902), embroiderer and businesswoman  

Rosemary Mitchell

Wardle, Elizabeth (1834–1902), embroiderer and businesswoman, was born in Leek, Staffordshire, on 28 October 1834, the eldest daughter among the three children of Hugh Wardle (1802–1860) of Overton Bank, Leek, and his second wife, Elizabeth Young (1802–1871). Her father, a druggist, was also involved in the dyeing and chemical aspects of the local textile industry. He left the family and sometime before ...