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Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman  

L. Alan Eyre

Barnes, Isaac Edmestone (1857–1930), land surveyor and businessman, was born on 2 June 1857 in Highholborn Street, Kingston, Jamaica, the eldest legitimate son of William Barnes (1832–1891) and his wife, Amelia, née Johnson (c.1834–1893), coffee planters of Kraal district in the mountains of ...

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Beilby, Ralph (bap. 1743, d. 1817), engraver and businessman  

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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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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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Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader  

J. E. M. Cameron

Catherwood, Sir Henry Frederick Ross (Fred) (1925–2014), businessman, politician, and evangelical leader, was born on 30 January 1925 in Creagh, near Bellaghy, County Londonderry, the eldest of three children of (Harold Matthew) Stuart Catherwood (1899–1973), haulier and bus company owner, and his wife ...

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Conran, Sir Terence Orby (1931–2020)  

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Sir Terence Orby Conran (1931–2020), by Ray Williams, 1950s

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Conran, Sir Terence Orby (1931–2020), designer, restaurateur, and entrepreneur  

Richard Weight

Conran, Sir Terence Orby (1931–2020), designer, restaurateur, and entrepreneur, was born on 4 October 1931 at Down Cottage, Hillbrow Road, Esher, Surrey, the son of (Gerard) Rupert Conran (1905–1984), gum and resin merchant, and his first wife, Christina Mabel Joan, née...

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Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur  

Roger Smith

Cox, James (c. 1723–1800), jeweller and entrepreneur, was born in London, the son of Henry Cox (c.1691–1746), tailor of Broad Street, and his wife, Frances, née Matthews. He was apprenticed in 1738 to Humphry Pugh, goldsmith of Fleet Street and freeman of the ...

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Dangoor, Sir Naim Eliahou (1914–2015), businessman and philanthropist  

Anne Pimlott Baker

Dangoor, Sir Naim Eliahou (1914–2015), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 17 April 1914 in Baghdad, then part of the Ottoman Empire, the second in the family of six children of Eliahou Dangoor (1883–1976), printer and publisher, and his wife, Khatoun, ...

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Evance, Sir Stephen (1654/5–1712), goldsmith and entrepreneur  

Henry Lancaster

Evance, Sir Stephen (1654/5–1712), goldsmith and entrepreneur, was born at New Haven, New England, the son of John Evance, a London merchant who had emigrated to Virginia in 1635 and traded with the Caribbean islands. Evance presumably spent his youth in New England...

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Franks, Naphtali (1715–1796), merchant  

S. W. Massil

Franks, Naphtali (1715–1796), merchant, was born in New York on 1 July 1715, the son of Jacob Franks (1688–1768), merchant, and his wife, (Bilhah) Abigaill, née Levy (1696–1756). His father was a son of Sara Phila Bloch (1662–1695) and the founder of the ...

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Frith, Francis (1822–1898), photographer and businessman  

T. R. Sackett

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Frith, Francis (1822–1898), photographer and businessman, was born on 7 October 1822 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the only son and the second among the three children of Francis Frith (1790–1871), cooper of Chesterfield, and his wife, Alice (1789?–1863). Born into a Quaker family, Frith's...

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875)  

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William Gibbs (1790–1875) by unknown photographer, 1862–3 © reserved

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Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist  

Matthew Kilburn

Gibbs, William (1790–1875), businessman and religious philanthropist, was born on 22 May 1790 at 6 Calle de Cantarranas, Madrid, Spain, the second son of Antony Gibbs (1756–1815), merchant, and his wife, Dorothea Barnetta, née Hucks (1760–1820). The judge and politician Sir Vicary Gibbs...

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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001)  

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Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913–2001) by unknown photographer Gilbert Collection, Somerset House

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Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector  

Timothy Stevens

Gilbert, Sir Arthur (1913–2001), businessman and art collector, was born Abraham Bernstein at 6 St Mark's Terrace, Dalston, London, on 16 May 1913, the eighth child of Lazarus Bernstein and his wife, Bela (Betsy), née Feldman, Polish Jewish immigrants who had settled in ...

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Hogarth [née Thornhill], Jane (d. 1789), printseller and businesswoman  

Cristina S. Martinez

Hogarth [née Thornhill], Jane (bap. 1710, d. 1789), printseller and businesswoman, the daughter of the history and decorative painter Sir James Thornhill (1675/1676–1734) and his wife Judith (d. 1757), was baptized on 25 March 1710 at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London...

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Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer  

Richard Snell

Julius [née Goldman, afterwards Hille], Rosamind (1923–2010), design entrepreneur and furniture manufacturer, was born on 30 November 1923 at 144 Bethune Road, Stamford Hill, London, the eldest daughter of Morris Goldman (1897–1968), retailer and manufacturer, and his wife, Rachel (Ray), née Hille (1899–1986)...

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Margulies, Alexander (1902–1991), businessman and patron of the arts  

G. R. Seaman

Margulies, Alexander (1902–1991), businessman and patron of the arts, was born in Skalat, Galicia, on 1 July 1902, the son of Marcus Mordecai Margulies (1862–1921) and his wife, Fanny, née Feige (1865–1943). The Margulies were descendants of Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margulies (1760–1828), who was celebrated for his scholarship and wealth. When the First World War broke out the family took up residence in ...

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Maw, John Hornby (1800–1885), entrepreneur and artist  

Tony Herbert

Maw, John Hornby (1800–1885), entrepreneur and artist, was born on 12 April 1800 at Ferry, in Lincolnshire, the eldest of four children of George Maw (1770–1834), a local farmer, and his wife, Ann, née Hornby (1769–1828). His parents married in 1799. In 1807 they and their (then) three children moved from ...