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Astley, John (1720–1787), portrait painter and beau, was born at Wem in Shropshire on 24 June 1720, and baptized there on 6 April 1724, a younger son of Richard Astley, surgeon, and his wife, Margaret. After attending school in Shropshire, in the early 1740s he went to ...

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George Bryan Brummell [Beau Brummell] (1778–1840) by R. Dighton, 1805 unknown collection; photograph ? Christie's Images Ltd

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Brummell, George Bryan [known as Beau Brummell] (1778–1840), dandy and socialite, was born on 7 June 1778 in Downing Street, Westminster, the last of three children of William (Billy) Brummell (d. 1794), private secretary to the prime minister, Lord North, and his wife, ...

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Davies, Scrope Berdmore (1782–1852), dandy and friend of Lord Byron, was born towards the end of 1782 in Horsley, Gloucestershire, and baptized there on new year's day 1783, the second son in the family of six sons and four daughters of the Revd Richard Davies (1747–1825)...

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Delaval, Sir Francis Blake (1727–1771), rake, was born on 16 March 1727, the second child and eldest son of Francis Blake Delaval (bap. 1692, d. 1752) [see under Delaval family] of Seaton Delaval and Ford, Northumberland, and his wife, Rhoda (...

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Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud D'Orsay, styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852) by Sir George Hayter, 1839 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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D'Orsay, Gédéon Gaspard Alfred de Grimaud [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel], styled Count D'Orsay (1801–1852), artist and dandy, was born in Paris on 4 September 1801, second son of Albert, Count D'Orsay, a general in Napoleon's grand armée, and Eleanore de Franquemont, an illegitimate daughter of the ...

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Ker, (John) Bellenden [formerly John Bellenden Gawler] (1764–1842), botanist and man of fashion, was born John Bellenden Gawler on 10 May 1764, the eldest son of John Gawler (d. 1803) of Ramridge, near Andover, Hampshire, and Caroline (d. 1802), eldest surviving daughter of ...

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Thomas Raikes (1777–1848) by Richard Dighton, pubd 1818 [One of the Rake's of London] ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Raikes, Thomas (1777–1848), dandy and diarist, born on 3 October 1777, was the eldest son of Thomas Raikes (1741–1813) and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1810), daughter of the Hon. Henry Finch. He had three brothers, including the clergyman Henry Raikes (1782–1854), and five sisters. His father was the brother of ...

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Skeffington, Sir Lumley St George, second baronet (1771–1850), fop and playwright, younger but only surviving son of Sir William Charles Farrell Skeffington, first baronet (1742–1815), and Catherine Josepha (c.1743–1811), daughter of Michael Hubbert of Tenerife, merchant, was born in the parish of ...

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Sir Lumley St George Skeffington, second baronet (1771–1850) by Ridley & Holl, pubd 1806 (after John Thomas Barber) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smythe, James Moore (1702–1734), playwright and man of fashion, was born James Moore at the family home at Fetcham, Surrey, the son of Arthur Moore (d. 1730) and his second wife, Theophila (c.1676–1739), daughter of William Smythe and Lady Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Soubise, Julius [formerly Othello] (c. 1754–1798), man of fashion, was born on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. His mother was a black slave, and his father probably a free white man. The first record of his existence was his entry on 2 April 1764 under the name ...

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St John, John (1745/6–1793), politician and fop, was the third son of John St John, second Viscount St John (c.1695–1749), landowner, and Anne Furnese (d. 1747), daughter of Sir Robert Furnese and Anne Balam of Waldershare, Kent. He was the nephew of ...

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Stanhope, Charles, fourth earl of Harrington (1780–1851), dandy, was born at Harrington House, Craig's Court, Charing Cross, London, on 8 April 1780, the eldest of the seven sons and three daughters of Charles Stanhope, third earl of Harrington (1753–1829), army officer, and his wife, the heiress ...

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Charles Stanhope, fourth earl of Harrington (1780–1851) by Richard Cosway, c. 1800–05 collection Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Museum, Bedford; photograph Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Yorke, Charles Philip [nicknamed Champagne Charlie], fifth earl of Hardwicke (1836–1897), landowner and bankrupt dandy, was born on 23 April 1836 at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, the eldest son of the five sons and three daughters of Charles Philip Yorke, fourth earl of Hardwicke...