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Cabanel, Rudolphe (1762/3–1839), engineer and theatre designer, was 'a native' of Aachen (some accounts say Liège) but lived in London for most of his life. Little is known of his family or his early years. His mother was probably Victoire Cabanel, a dancer. His father seems to have been an actor and pyrotechnist. ...

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Dresser, Christopher (1834–1904), designer and botanist, was born on 4 July 1834 in Glasgow, the second son and third of six children of Christopher Dresser, excise officer, of Yorkshire, and his wife, Mary Nettleton, of Norton, near Doncaster, Yorkshire. The family was posted to ...

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Petre, Robert James, eighth Baron Petre (1713–1742), patron of botany and garden designer, was born on 3 June 1713, most probably at Ingatestone Hall, Essex, then the family's principal residence. He was the posthumous son of Robert Petre, seventh Baron Petre (bap. 1690, d. 1713)...

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Russell, William Morris [Bill] (1920–2006), engineer and designer, was born on 22 July 1920 at 73 Oxford Road, Islington, London, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Albert Edward Russell, printer, and his wife, Agnes Mary, née Carrick (...

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Worboys, Sir Walter John (1900–1969), chemical industrialist and design promoter, was born at Cottesloe, Western Australia, on 22 February 1900, the eldest child of Walter Worboys, engineer, and his wife, Amanda Urquhart. He was educated at Scotch College and the University of Western Australia...

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Wright, Thomas (1711–1786), astronomer and landscape gardener, was born on 22 September 1711 at Pegg's Poole House, Byers Green, co. Durham, the third son of John and Margaret Wright. His father was a yeoman and carpenter who had a smallholding. He was educated at home, and then probably (1724?) at ...