Influential and inspirational artists and crafts people


Philip Sidney


Born in Penshurst Place near Tonbridge, Kent in 1554 and lived to be 32.

Poetry

Christopher Marlowe


Born in Canterbury, Kent in 1564 and lived to be 29.

Theatre

William Shakespeare


Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire in 1564 and lived to be 52.

Fiction, Poetry, Theatre

John Harrison


Born in Foulby, West Yorkshire in 1693 and lived to be 83.

Automata, Clockmaking

Arthur Devis


Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1712 and lived to be 75.

Painting

Allan Ramsay


Born in Edinburgh, Edinburgh in 1713 and lived to be 71.

Painting

Thomas Chippendale


Born in Otley, West Yorkshire in 1718 and lived to be 61.

Furniture, Marquetry, Upholstery

George Stubbs


Born in Liverpool, Merseyside in 1724 and lived to be 82.

Illustration, Painting

Sawrey Gilpin


Born in Carlisle, Cumbria in 1733 and lived to be 74.

Illustration, Painting

William Hayley


Born in Chichester, West Sussex in 1745 and lived to be 75.

Nonfiction, Pottery and ceramics

William Blake


Born in Soho, London in 1757 and lived to be 70.

Painting, Poetry, Printmaking, Etching, Painting, Poetry, Printmaking

Alexander Nasmyth


Born in Edinburgh, Edinburgh in 1758 and lived to be 82.

Painting