Artisans of Influence

WH Auden (1907 – 1973)

Auden was an Anglo-American poet and one of the leading literary figures of the 20th century.
Wystan Hugh Auden was born in York on 21 February 1907. His father was a doctor and academic. Auden was educated at Oxford University, graduating in 1928. He went to live in Berlin for Read more

Alexander Fleming (1881-1955)

Fleming was a Scottish bacteriologist and Nobel Prize winner, best known for his discovery of penicillin
Alexander Fleming was born in Ayrshire on 6 August 1881, the son of a farmer. He moved to London at the age of 13 and later trained as a doctor. He qualified with distinction Read more

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 – 1877)

Fox Talbot was an English member of parliament, scientist, inventor and a pioneer of photography.
William Henry Fox Talbot was born on 11 February 1800 in Melbury, Dorset, into a well-connected family. His father died when he was less than a year old and he and his mother lived in Read more

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

Faraday was a British chemist and physicist who contributed significantly to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.
Michael Faraday was born on 22 September 1791 in south London. His family was not well off and Faraday received only a basic formal education. When he was 14, he was apprenticed to Read more

George Orwell (1903 – 1950)

George Orwell was a British journalist and author, who wrote two of the most famous novels of the 20th century ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
Orwell was born Eric Arthur Blair on 25 June 1903 in eastern India, the son of a British colonial civil servant. He was educated in England Read more

Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Byron was the ideal of the Romantic poet, gaining notoriety for his scandalous private life and being described by one contemporary as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’.
George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron, was born on 22 January 1788 in London. His father died when he was three, with Read more

GOGH, Vincent Van (1853-1890), Netherlands

Birth name Vincent Willem van Gogh
Born 30 March 1853
Zundert, Netherlands
Died 29 July 1890 (aged 37)
Auvers-sur-Oise, France
Nationality Dutch
Field Painting, drawing
Training Anton Mauve
Movement Post-Impressionism
Works Starry Night, Sunflowers, Bedroom in Arles, Portrait of Dr. Gachet, Sorrow
Influenced by Jean-François Millet, Rembrandt van Rijn, Eugène Delacroix, Impressionism, Ukiyo-e

Influenced Émile Bernard, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Read more

Matteo Picassi Picasso 1800-1866

Birth name Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso[1]
Born 25 October 1881 Málaga, Spain
Died 8 April 1973 (aged 91) Mougins, France
Spouse Olga Khokhlova (1918–55)
Jacqueline Roque (1961–73)
Nationality Spanish
Field Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramics
Training José Ruiz y Blasco (father), Real Academia Read more

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

Shakespeare’s reputation as dramatist and poet actor is unique and he is considered by many to be the greatest playwright of all time, although many of the facts of his life remain mysterious.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. His father Read more

Who Are the Maori?

The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand, they are Polynesian and comprise about 14 percent of the country’s population. Te reo Maori is the native language which is related to Tahitian and Hawaiian. It is believed that the Maori migrated from Polynesia in canoes around the 9th Read more