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Abramsky, Chimen (1916–2010), bookseller and historian, was born on 16 September 1916 in Smalyavichy, near Minsk, Russia, the third of four sons of Yehezkel Abramsky (1886–1976), rabbinic scholar, and his wife, Reizel (d. 1965), daughter of the leading rabbinic figure Israel Jonathan Jerusalimsky...

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Adams [née Bishop], Barbara Georgina (1945–2002), archaeologist and museum curator, was born on 19 February 1945 at Hammersmith Hospital, London, the only child of Charles Bishop, labourer, and his wife, Ellaline, née Cowdrey, cleaner, of 24 Lena Gardens, Hammersmith, London. She won a scholarship to ...

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Aldred, Cyril (1914–1991), Egyptologist and art historian, was born on 19 February 1914 at 41 Beltran Road, Fulham, London, the sixth of the seven children of Frederick Aldred (1876–1957), a postman and post office sorter, and his wife, Lilian Ethel Underwood...

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Anderson, William (1842–1900), anatomist and writer on art, was born on 18 December 1842 in London at the Eldon Arms, Queen Square, the son of William Henry Anderson, licensed victualler, and his wife, Ann, formerly Cattel. After attending the City of London School...

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Ashmole, Bernard (1894–1988), archaeologist and art historian, was born on 22 June 1894 in Ilford, Essex, the youngest in a family of two sons and three daughters of William Ashmole, auctioneer and estate agent, and his wife, Sarah Caroline Wharton, née Tiver. Both parents had strong literary and religious interests. He was educated at ...

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Backhouse, Janet Moira (1938–2004), scholar and curator of manuscripts, was born on 8 February 1938 at Marley, 90 Pickwick Road, Corsham, Wiltshire, the daughter of Joseph Holme Backhouse, cattle-food salesman, and his wife, Jessie, née Chivers; they also had a son, the sculptor ...

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Boase, Thomas Sherrer Ross (1898–1974), art historian and university teacher, was born in Dundee on 31 August 1898, the only son and elder child of Charles Millet Boase, the manager and part owner of a bleaching mill at Claverhouse outside Dundee, and his wife, ...

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Brooker [née Beacon], Daphne Elizabeth (1927–2012), model and fashion teacher, was born on 8 June 1927 at the Ormond Maternity Home, 29 Blantyre Street, Chelsea, London, the elder child and only daughter of Charles Beacon, chauffeur, and his wife, Mabel Elizabeth, née...

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Cesarani, David Ian (1956–2015), historian, was born on 13 November 1956 in the Kingsbury Maternity Hospital, Kingsbury, London, the only child of Henry Cesarani (1921–2006), ladies’ hairstylist, and his wife, Sylvia Bella, née Packman (1921–1977). His paternal grandfather, Achilles Cesarani...

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Clapham, Sir Alfred William (1883–1950), architectural historian and archaeologist, was born in Dalston, London, on 27 May 1883, the son of the Revd James Ernest Clapham, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Lucy Elizabeth Hutchinson. He was educated at Dulwich College and subsequently articled to the architect ...

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Cobb, Gerald (1900–1986), antiquary and architectural historian, was born on 8 June 1900 at Ivy Lodge, Hamilton Road, Reading, one of four sons of Joseph William Cobb, a banker's clerk, and his wife, Florence Kate Arnold.

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Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867–1962) by Dorothy Webster Hawksley, 1951 © Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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Cockerell, Sir Sydney Carlyle (1867–1962), museum director and book collector, was born at Brighton on 16 July 1867, the second child (and second son) of the family of four sons and two daughters of Sydney John Cockerell (1842–1877), coal merchant, of London, and his wife, ...

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Cox, (Alfred) Peter (1918–2015), arts administrator and educationist, was born on 7 March 1918 at Highway House, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, the youngest of three children and only son of Stephen Cox (1870–1943), chief conservator of forests of the Madras Presidency...

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Cox, John Charles (1843–1919), antiquary and ecclesiologist, was born on 29 March 1843 at Parwich, Derbyshire, the sixth of the seven children of Revd Edward Cox (1802–1869) and Anna Horsfall (1803/4–1888). He had two brothers and four sisters. In 1843 his father was vicar of ...

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Cubbon, William (1865–1955), antiquary and museum curator, was born at Orrestal, Rushen, Isle of Man, on 28 May 1865, the son of James Cubbon, fishing boat skipper, and his wife, Margaret Powell. He was educated at the boys' school, Rushen, and began work in the printing trade in 1880 as an apprentice compositor. He subsequently became a journalist, eventually becoming manager and editor of the ...

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Davidoff, Leonore (1932–2014), sociologist and historian, was born in New York on 31 January 1932, the daughter of Leo Max Davidoff (1898–1975), and his wife Ida née Fisher (1903–2001). Her parents were both Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe. Her father had migrated to the ...

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Davies [née Morpurgo], Anna Elbina Laura Margherita [known as Anna Morpurgo Davies] (1937–2014), linguist and philologist, was born on 21 June 1937 in Milan, the fourth child and only daughter of Augusto Morpurgo (d. 1939), engineer, and his wife ...

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Dawood, Nessim Joseph (1927–2014), translator, Arabic scholar, and Middle East consultant, was born Nessim Yosef David Yehuda in Baghdad on 27 August 1927, the sixth of seven children of Yosef David Yehuda and his wife, Muzli, née Twaig. His father had been a Jewish Iraqi officer in the ...

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Douglas, Sir William Fettes (1822–1891), painter, antiquary, and curator, was born in the parish of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1822, eldest son of Douglas James Douglas, accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Martha Brook, great-niece of Sir William Fettes, bt...