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Facius, Georg (c.1750 - c.1813), artist

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  • c.1750 - c.1813

cartographer and painter. Brother of engraver Johann Gottlieb Facius. The Facius brothers were born in Regensburg (Germany) and received engraving training in Brussels. By 1776, their works were already well known and they moved to London at the invitation of John Boydell, with whom they worked for many years.

Greenhill, John (c.1644–1676), artist

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  • c. 1644 – 19 May 1676

An English portrait painter, a pupil of Peter Lely, who approached his teacher in artistic excellence, but whose life was cut short by a dissolute lifestyle.

Grubb, Peter (1935-present), plant ecologist and President of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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  • 1935-

Educated at Royal Liberty School Romford. Matric 1954 (Scholar); PhD 1962, ScD 1995; Bye-Fellow, 1958–1960; Fellow, 1960 (Emeritus 2002); Tutor, 1963–1974; joint Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Biological), 1980–1996; President, 1991–1996 (Acting Master , Michaelmas Term 1994). University Lecturer in Botany, 1964-1992; Reader, 1992-2000; Professor of Investigative Plant Ecology, 2000 (Emeritus 2002). President of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 1990-1991; Editor, Journal of Ecology, 1972-1977; President of the British Ecological Society, 1990-1991 (first Award for outstanding service to the Society, 2003).

Début, Marcel (1865–1933), sculptor

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  • 1865–1933

A French sculptor best known for his Art Nouveau bronze depictions of historic figures like Mozart and Gaelic warriors, scenes from Greek mythology, rustic peasants in Tunisia, and pedigreed animals. Born in 1865 in France, he studied with his father the famed sculptor Jean Didier Début, who specialized in more traditionally realistic figurative work, as well as under Henri Michel Antoine Chapu, a renowned sculptor of bronze and marble, at the École des Beaux-Arts. Début began exhibiting both as a painter and sculptor at the Salon of 1883 up until the start of World War I, when the Salon was suspended. The artist died in 1933 in France. 

Hayls, John (1600- 1679), painter

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An English Baroque-era portrait painter, principally known for his portrait of Samuel Pepys. Hayls was a contemporary and rival of Sir Peter Lely and Samuel Cooper. He was mentioned in the diary of Samuel Pepys where he is referred to as "Hales". An extract from 15 February 1665-6 reads, "Mr Hales began my wife's portrait in the posture we saw one of my Lady Peters, like a St. Katherine". Hayls also painted portraits of Colonel John Russell (third son of Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford), Lady Diana Russell, and the poet Thomas Flatman. He was known as a good copyist of the works of Van Dyck. He lived in Southampton Street, Bloomsbury, London, for some years, but then moved to a house in Long Acre, where he died suddenly in 1679.

Hill, Derek (1916-2000), artist

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  • 1916-2000

Painter notable for perceptive portraits and subtle landscapes, stage designer, exhibition organiser and writer, brother of the artist John Hill. He was born Arthur Derek Hill in Bassett, Hampshire. Was educated at Marlborough College, then studied stage design in Munich, Paris and Vienna, 1933–5, and began life drawing. Although he designed sets and costumes for the ballet The Lord of Burleigh at Sadler’s Wells in 1937, in Paris a year later he chose to paint rather than pursue designing. During World War II he worked on a farm in England, painting spare-time. Contributed articles to Penguin New Writing, New Statesman and other magazines. The 1940s and 1950s were busy years for Hill, for he had a first solo show at Nicholson Gallery, 1943; designed for Il Trovatore at Covent Garden, 1947; painted in Ireland and Italy, where he was encouraged by the critic Bernard Berenson; organised the Degas exhibition at Edinburgh Festival, 1952; had a series of shows at Leicester Galleries; and was art director of the British School in Rome, 1953–4, and 1957–8.

Hoppner, John (1758–1810), painter

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  • 4 April 1758 – 23 January 1810

An English portrait painter, much influenced by Reynolds, who achieved fame as a brilliant colourist.

Ingamells, Andrew (1956-present), graphic designer and illustrator

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  • 1956 - present

Born in 1956, Andrew Ingamells trained at St.Albans School of Art and the London College of Printing before embarking on a career as a graphic designer and illustrator. It was during this time that he started making drawings of individual buildings and architectural landscapes of London.

In 1987 he was invited to Clarendon Graphics, the print studio set up by Anthony Benjamin, to make aquatint etchings from some of his achitectural drawings. So began his love affair with a traditional printing method that has barely changed in centuries, continuing a tradition of neo classical draughtsmanship made popular by Piranesi.

Andrew has worked in close collaboration with master printmakers Pete Kosowicz and Simon Marsh, and with fine art print publisher Martin Village.

He has exhibited at many London venues over the years including CCA Galleries, The Grosvenor Gallery, The Curwen Gallery and The Royal Academy. His work is held in corporate and public collections including the Tate Gallery, HRH the Prince of Wales, English Heritage, The National Trust, The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Shell Oil and the City of London Guildhall Library who put on a retrospective exhibition of his work.

Notable works have included the Basilica San Marco in Venice, the Duomo di Firenze, Jefferson’s Monticello in Virginia and every one of Nicholas Hawksmoor's seven London Churches.

Andrew is currently working on a series of topographic line-plate etchings of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges, a project which has not been undertaken so seriously or comprehensively since the engravings of David Loggan's Cantabrigia Illustrata of the 1680s. He has also begun a series of studies of Ivy League universities in the United States and has recently completed studies of the three Inns of Court in London.

László de Lombos, Philip (1869–1937), painter

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  • 30 April 1869 – 22 November 1937

Anglo-Hungarian painter known particularly for his portraits of royal and aristocratic personages. In 1900, he married Lucy Guinness of Stillorgan, County Dublin, and he became a British subject in 1914

Mennim, Peter (1955-present), artist

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  • 1955 - present

A British artist, based in Cambridge. He grew up in York, and was educated at Worksop College and Reading University. His commissions include a large group portrait for the 40th anniversary of Wolfson College, Cambridge (his father Michael Mennim having been the architect of its first buildings) and Group Portrait of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York held at the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Yorkand a portrait of Duncan Robinson, commissioned when master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. During the 1980s and early 1990s he worked as an illustrator and produced many film posters and book covers including the book jacket The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. the record cover art for the Rum Sodomy & the Lash by The Pogues, the movie posters The Crow (1994 film) and Highlander II: The Quickening.

Meyer, John (1942-present), painter

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  • 13 August 1942 - present

South African painter who has exhibited extensively in South African and abroad specialising in landscapes and portraits (including portraits of Nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and FW De Klerk and concert pianist Vladimir Horowitz) in a photo-realist style. More recently he describes his work as falling into what he terms a "narrative genre" where paintings are often part of a series (usually three to six) of chronological scenes. He has exhibited at the Slater Memorial Museum (Connecticut) and the Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg).

Mulholland, Carolyn (1944-present), sculptor

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  • 1944-present

Carolyn Mulholland was born in 1944 in Lurgan, County Armagh. She attended the Belfast College of Art, and in 1965 was awarded the Ulster Arts Club prize for sculpture.b] A close friend of Seamus Heaney, Mulholland sculpted a portrait bust of Heaney while a student in the 1960s. Mulholland donated a picture to an exhibition to raise funds for victims of civil disturbances in Belfast in the autumn of 1969. The exhibition at Queen's University was organised by Sheelagh Flanagan and showed works by William Scott, Graham Gingles, F E McWilliam, Deborah Brown, Cherith McKinstry, and Mercy Hunter, as well as more than twenty others.The wife of the Northern Irish Secretary of State Colleen Rees was the curator of a personal selection of works from Ulster Artists hosted at the Leeds Playhouse Gallery in 1976. Mulholland's work was among 49 artworks from various artists where she was displayed alongside TP Flanagan, Joe McWilliams, Mercy Hunter, Tom Carr and many others.

Much of Mulholland's sculpture depicts moving abstract figures. In 1973 she was awarded the Royal Ulster Academy Silver Medal Award. In 1974 Mulholland was elected Associate of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts alongside Renée Bickerstaff and Francis Neill. She was elected a member of Aosdána in 1990. She has been exhibited at the Pepper Canister Gallery in Dublin with Basil Blackshaw. In 1992 she won the Irish-American Cultural Institute's O'Malley Award. The Chester Beatty Library holds a portrait by Mulholland of Beatty from 1996, and the Office of Public Works holds her portrait of President Mary McAleese from 2003.

Mulholland has been commissioned to make a number of large and public sculptures, including for the famine memorial graveyard, Clones, County Monaghan in 1998, and in 2003 a bronze panel for the Customs House, Dublin. She has also been commissioned in Northern Ireland, by organisations such as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. She created the Blitz Memorial for the Northern Ireland War Memorial museum in Belfast.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Nelson (1918-2013), lawyer, politician and Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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  • 18 July 1918 - 5 December 2013

Educated at the University of Witwatersrand, and University of South Africa (BA); lawyer; President of South Africa, 1994-1999; Nobel (Peace) Laureate, 1993. In 1994 he agreed that the College’s South African postgraduate scholarships (set up by Mr Christopher von Christierson) should be awarded in his name. Elected Honorary Fellow, 2000, and admitted 2 May 2001.

Poole, David James (1931-present), artist

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  • 1931-present

David James Poole, was born at St Pancras, London on 5 June 1931, second son of Thomas Herbert Poole (28 December 1897-1978), and his wife Catherine née Lord (29 May 1897-1980), who married at Pontypridd, Glamorgan in 1929. His father was a miner from South Wales who migrated to London to find work during the depression of the late 1920s and in 1939 was a builder's foreman, living at 41 Sidney Road, Ilford, Essex with his wife Catherine. David was educated at Stoneleigh Secondary School and studied at Wimbledon School of Art 1945-1949 and after completing his Military Service 1949-1951, studied at the Royal College of Art 1951-1954. Lecturer at Accrington School of Art 1954-1957 followed by a position as Lecturer at Lowestoft School of Art in Suffolk 1957-1961 and was Senior Lecturer at Wimbledon School of Art until 1977 and married at Winchester in 1958 Iris Mary Toomer. In 1968 elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and elected their President 1983-1991. In 1977 commissioned by the City of London Corporation to paint the official painting of the Royal Family Group to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Luncheon held at Guildhall and has executed several portraits of the Queen, the Queen Mother, the Duke of Kent, Lord Louis Mountbatten and Prince Philip and many civic dignitaries including Robert Runcie (1921–2000), the Archbishop of Canterbury and many others. He has had solo exhibitions of Portraits and Studies at the Mall Gallery, London in 1978 and an exhibition of Portraits, Drawings and Landscapes in Zurich in 1980. A diversion from his portraits in 2008 saw Poole exhibiting landscape paintings mainly in pastels at the Curwen & New Academy Gallery. In 2002, David Poole was living at Trinity Flint Barn, Weston Lane, Weston, Petersfield, Hampshire. He is sometimes conflated with the Norwich landscape artist David John Poole (1936-1995).

Rennie, Alasdair (1973-present), artist

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  • 1973-present

Alasdair Rennie is an award winning artist who paints portraits, landscapes and still-life, he is an accomplished figurative sculptor and muralist.

Reynolds, Peter (1936-present), biochemist and Senior Tutor of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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  • 1936-present

Educated at Hemel Hempstead Grammar School and Aldenham School. Matric 1957; PhD 1964, ScD 2001. Bye-Fellow 1962–1963, Fellow 1964 (Emeritus 2003), Tutor 1974, Senior Tutor 1980–1984, Joint Director of Studies in Natural Sciences. University Lecturer in Biochemistry 1968–2003; Visiting Fellow, Pasteur Institute, Paris, 1996; Hon Member, Société Française de Microbiologie.

Spear, Ruskin (1911-1990), artist and teacher of art

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  • 30 June 1911 – 17 January 1990

An English painter and teacher of art, regarded as one of the foremost British portrait painters of his day. Born in Hammersmith, Spear attended the local art school before going on to the Royal College of Art in 1930. He began his teaching career at Croydon School of Art, later teaching at the Royal College of Art from 1948 to 1975, where his students included Sandra Blow

Todd, Middleton (1891-1966), artist

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  • 26 October 1891 – 21 November 1966

A British artist. He was a member of the Royal Academy and well known as a portrait painter in the 1920s and 1930s. Todd was born in Helston in Cornwall. His father, Ralph Todd was a successful artist who taught at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London. The younger Todd received art tuition from Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn before attending the Central School as a student. Todd served in the British Army during the First World War as a driver with the Army Service Corps. After the War, Todd had a picture exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1918. He enrolled at the Slade School of Fine Art and was there throughout 1920 and 1921. When he left the Slade, Todd travelled throughout France, Holland and Italy. Returning to Britain, Todd established himself as a successful artist becoming known for his portraits and his pastel and etching works.

Walmisley, Frederick (1815–1875), painter

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A painter who was one of the five sons of Thomas Forbes Walmisley (1783–1866), a London-born organist, composer and ‘Professor of Music’, who also had at least two daughters.
Walmisley trained at the Royal Academy schools and according to Redgrave’s dictionary was also a pupil of H. P. Briggs. Redgrave also says that he ‘became paralysed in his legs early in life’ and that his works ‘were very mannered from want of power to study’. He nonetheless exhibited 21 at the Academy between 1838 and 1868, 18 at the British Institution between 1841 and its closure in 1867 and 16/17 at the Society of British Artists (SBA) during 1840–1872. The majority were landscapes and subject paintings, the latter often derived from literature and drama but the first five at the Academy (to 1841) were portraits.

Walmisley appears not to have married, and lived with his father and his two unmarried sisters. From some point before 1840 this was at 18 Cowley Street, Westminster, but probably from 1843 until 1846 he was in Rome. According to Graves’s Royal Academy listings, a Roman view he sent home in 1843/1844 was noted as ‘painted on the spot’ when submitted for the 1844 Academy show by his father. In the 1844 catalogue itself, his Rome address is given as Café Graeco and, in 1845, Via di Capo le Cose. From then on, Italian subjects from Venice to the Naples area predominate in his exhibition record, including after his return to London in 1847.

In about 1864 he and his father moved to 19 Earl’s Court Gardens, Brompton. His father died there aged 84 in 1866, leaving an estate of under £1,500, Frederick being executor. He died at St John’s Wood on 25th December 1875, aged 60.

Two of Walmisley’s brothers were organists. The eldest, Thomas Attwood Walmisley (1814–1856), became Professor of Music at Cambridge University in 1836. The other was Henry (1830–1857), an organist in London. Frederick’s portraits of them both were lent by their civil engineer brother, Arthur Thomas Walmisley (1847–1923), to the Victorian Era Exhibition of 1897 at Earl’s Court. The fifth brother, Horatio (1827–1905), became a clergyman. Frederick is also recorded in published RIBA papers for 1868–1869 to have done a ‘remarkably good portrait in oil’ of the architect Arthur Ashpitel, ‘representing him sitting and sketching’, of unknown date. (Ashpitel also studied in Rome from 1853.)

While Walmisley was only baptised Frederick (on 26th May 1815 at St Mary, Newington, Surrey) some contemporary and later printed references call him ‘F. W.’ or ‘Frederick W.’ which is seemingly an error.

Wood, James (1889-1975), artist

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  • 1889-1975

Painter, draughtsman, writer and aesthete, born in Southport, Lancashire. From 1908-11 he read history at Cambridge University, then in Paris, after studying etching, pursued painting with Percyval Tudor-Hart before going to Munich. During World War I he was in the army and Royal Flying Corps, later working on battleship camouflage. Among Wood's writings after World War I were The Foundations of Aesthetics, written with C. K. Ogden and I. A. Richards. He also wrote on colour harmony, a favourite topic, and in 1926 published New World Vistas, an autobiographical work. From the 1930s Wood became increasingly fascinated by Persian Art; he learn Persian and subsequently became art adviser to the Persian government. His own paintings were influenced by Kandinsky, and he showed at Leicester and Zwemmer Galleries in solo exhibitions. After 1955 he rarely exhibited, but painted several portraits of Cambridge Academics. Throughout the war years Wood lived in a remote cottage above Llantony, Monmouthshire. After the war he lived mainly in his Hampstead house, where his studio was situated, though spent some of his time in his wife’s house in rural Gloucestershire with occasional visits to Llantony. Wood was married to a painter, Elisabeth Robertson, who had previously been the wife of the artist and writer Humphrey Slater. In 1980 Blond Fine Art held a retrospective.



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