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Baume, Pierre Henri Joseph (1797–1875), radical activist and eccentric  

Roger Cooter

Baume, Pierre Henri Joseph (1797–1875), radical activist and eccentric, was born at Marseilles on 17 October 1797, the son of Henri Joseph Baume (1770–1831) and Marie Claire Antoinette Merlat (1780–1837). His parents ran a wig-making shop and were inclined both to anti-clericalism and adultery. When he was still young his father moved to ...

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Bosville, William (1745–1813), society host and radical  

Philip Carter

Bosville, William (1745–1813), society host and radical, was born on 21 July 1745, the eldest son of Godfrey Bosville of Gunthwaite, Yorkshire, and his wife, Diana, the eldest daughter of Sir William Wentworth, baronet, of West Bretton. Bosville was able to trace his family back to the reign of ...

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Green, Stanley Owen (1915–1993)  

Maker: unknown photographer

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Stanley Owen Green (1915–1993) by unknown photographer © Museum of London

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Green, Stanley Owen [known as Protein Man] (1915–1993), dietary reformer and author  

Philip Carter

Green, Stanley Owen [known as Protein Man] (1915–1993), dietary reformer and author, was born on 22 February 1915 at Harringay, north London, the youngest of the four sons of Richard Green (d. 1966), a bottle-stopper maker's clerk, and his wife, May (...

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Montez, Lola [real name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert] (1821–1861), adventuress  

Bruce Seymour

Montez, Lola [real name Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert] (1821–1861), adventuress, was born on 17 February 1821 at Grange, co. Sligo, Ireland, the only child of Edward Gilbert (c.1797–1823), an ensign of the 25th foot regiment, and his wife, Eliza Oliver (...

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Montez, Lola (1821–1861)  

Maker: Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes

Lola Montez (1821–1861) by Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, c. 1850 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of I. N. Phelps Stokes, Edward S. Hawes, Alice Mary Hawes, and Marion Augusta Hawes, 1937. (37.14.41) All rights reserved, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Morgan [née Owenson], Sydney, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859), novelist and socialite  

Dennis R. Dean

Morgan [née Owenson], Sydney, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859), novelist and socialite, was baptized in Dublin in 1783, the elder child of Robert Owenson (1744–1812), an actor of Irish origin noted for his comic roles, and Jane Hill (d. 1789)...

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Morgan, Sydney, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859)  

Maker: René Théodore Berthon

Sydney Morgan, Lady Morgan (bap. 1783, d. 1859) by René Théodore Berthon National Gallery of Ireland

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Roger, Neil Munro [Bunny] (1911–1997), couturier and socialite  

Raleigh Trevelyan

Roger, Neil Munro [Bunny] (1911–1997), couturier and socialite, was born on 9 June 1911 at 90 North Gate, St Marylebone, London, the second of the three sons of Sir Alexander Roger (1878–1961), businessman, and his wife, Helen Stuart Clark (1884–1976), the daughter of a mayor of ...

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Roger, Neil Munro [Bunny] (1911–1997)  

Maker: Francis Goodman

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Neil Munro Roger (1911–1997) by Francis Goodman, 1951 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric  

Mary Clapinson

Shields, Cuthbert [formerly Robert Laing] (1840–1908), historian and eccentric, was born on 21 March 1840 in George Street, North Shields, Northumberland, the first child of Robert Laing, master mariner, and his wife, Charlotte Sophia, daughter of Dr Charles Coleman of Maidstone, Kent...

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950)  

Maker: Rex Whistler

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Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt- Wilson, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950) by Rex Whistler, 1929 © Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric  

Mark Amory

Wilson, Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-, fourteenth Baron Berners (1883–1950), composer and eccentric, was born on 18 September 1883 at Apley Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the only child of Lieutenant (later Commodore) Hugh Tyrwhitt (1856–1907), third son of Baroness Berners, and his wife, Julia Mary (1861–1931)...