Arthur Llewellyn Davies

Born: 1863 | Died: 1907 | Grave: J 002 | Categories: Arts, Law | Tags: Children’s Books, Du Maurier family, Great Ormond Street Hospital, J M Barrie, Kensington Gardens, Peter Pan, Theatre

Barrister. Married Sylvia (1866-1910), second daughter of George du Maurier. Their 3 eldest sons met J M Barrie in Hyde Park in 1897, and inspired his Peter Pan (1903). When their parents died tragically young, Barrie became the guardian of all 5 boys. Their story has been told in a biography and dramatised for television…

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William Henry James Boot

Born: 1848 | Died: 1918 | Grave: I 028 | Category: Arts

RBA. Landscape painter and illustrator, exhibited at RA (1874-84),. He was Art Editor of Strand Magazine (1891-1910),. He died at 1 Cannon Place. His wife Emily died 1929.

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John Spencer Curwen

Born: 1847 | Died: 1916 | Grave: I 009 | Category: Arts

FRAM. Musician. Eldest son of John Curwen, inventor of the Tonic Sol-Fa system. Editor of Musical Herald from 1866.

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Margaret Dionys Temple Moore

Born: n/a | Died: n/a | Grave: I 084 | Category: Arts

Daughter of Mary Temple Moore (writer and illustrator), and Temple Lushingtom Moore (church architect and artist),. Lived in Church Row all her life.

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William Charles May

Born: 1853 | Died: 1931 | Grave: H 089-090 | Category: Arts

Sculptor and painter, exhibited at RA. Sculpture included Armada Memorial on Plymouth Hoe and busts of George V, Walter Besant (C 064),. He painted a fresco for St Peter’s Belsize Park.

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Sir Matthew William Thompson

Born: 1872 | Died: 1956 | Grave: I 091 | Category: Arts

3rd Baronet, FRAS. Painter. Grave bears the family crest and motto: ‘Where virtue lys, love never dys’.

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Constance Dorothea Sharp

Born: 1863 | Died: 1928 | Grave: H 079 | Category: Arts

Daughter of Priestley Birch. Married (1893), Cecil Sharp the folk music champion. Their last home was at 4 Maresfield Gardens which bears his plaque. He died in 1924 and was cremated at Golders Green.

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Gerald Du Maurier

Born: 1873 | Died: 1934 | Grave: I Bay | Category: Arts

Actor manager, who managed Wyndham’s Theatre (1910-25),. Younger son of George du Maurier. Gerald was born in Church Row and inherited his father’s love of Hampstead. From 1916 until his death he lived at Cannon Hall where his daughter, the novelist Daphne, grew up (she is buried in Cornwall),.

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Anton Walbrook

Born: 1896 | Died: 1967 | Grave: J 001 | Category: Arts | Tags: Anti-semitism, Cinema, Hollywood, Refugees, World War II

Stage and film actor. Born in Vienna, he was the son of Adolph Waohlbruck, a famous clown. Walbrook abandoned a successful stage career in Germany because of the Nazi regime and settled in England as a refugee (1936). He helped many of his countrymen to escape from Europe. His first London stage production was Design…

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Sir John Hare

Born: 1844 | Died: 1921 | Grave: J 010 | Category: Arts

Actor-manager. Manager of the Court Theatre (from 1875),, the St James (from 1879),, and he opened and managed the Garrick Theatre (1889-94),. He ‘helped to mould and develop the modern English acting tradition’ ‘DNB’.

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Charles Lutwyche Shout

Born: 1795 | Died: 1855 | Grave: J 103 | Category: Arts

Sculptor, from a family of sculptors who lived at Treherne House, West End. His father, Robert (1764 -1843),, is commeorated in the church but buried at Kensal Green.Shelley, writing about Leigh Hunt, says that his studio ‘no doubt. Is still adorned with many a cast by Shout’.

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Matthew Maris

Born: 1839 | Died: 1917 | Grave: K 053-054 | Category: Arts

Painter and etcher. Born The Hague, exhibited frequently in Britain, as did his two brothers. He and his local artist friends Ernest Fridlander (1870-1960), and Beatrix Martin (1876-1964), are commemorated in a series of linked plaques.

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William George Haines

Born: n/a | Died: 1958 | Grave: L 103 | Category: Arts

Songwriter and publisher. Wrote the lyrics of some of Gracie Fields’ hits. Lived 40 years at 13 Elsworthy Road

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George Arthur Thomas Carney

Born: 1887 | Died: 1947 | Grave: M 106 | Category: Arts

Actor and music-hall comedian. His films included The Stars Looked Down. Buried with his wife, Dorothy (died 1948),. The motto on their gravestone is the mysterious ‘Buckling and Skung’.

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Arthur George Watts

Born: 1883 | Died: 1935 | Grave: N 079 | Category: Arts

Cartoonist. With Punch from 1911 and illustrated Both Sides of the Microphone for Radio Times from 1928. His studio was the attic of 1 Holly Place (1911-1935),. He married Marjorie Dawson Scott, daughter of the founder of the PEN Club, as his second wife. He was killed in a civil air crash, July 1935.

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Randolph Schwabe

Born: 1885 | Died: 1948 | Grave: N 109 | Category: Arts

Artist, Slade professor (1930-48),. Member of New English Art Club and London Group. ‘His drawings and prints beautifully precise and reasonable statements of fact’ ‘DNB’.

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Leonard Leslie Brooke

Born: 1862 | Died: 1940 | Grave: O 077 | Category: Arts | Tags: Beatrix Potter, Children’s Books, Fairy tales, Henry Brooke, Illustrator, Johnny Crow, Nursery rhymes

Artist and illustrator. Created the popular Johnny Crow books for children and illustrated many nursery rhyme books. He married Sybil (1890-1957), daughter of Stopford Brooke. Their son Henry was MP for Hampstead and Home Secretary, and they moved to 28 Hollycroft Avenue in 1934 to be near him. An exhibition ‘Leslie Brooke and Johny Crow’was held…

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Valentina Aksarova-Sturtz

Born: 1894 | Died: 1959 | Grave: P 092 | Category: Arts

Russian Opera singer. Studied singing at St Petersberg Conservatory (1914-19),. Debuted was Margarita in Faust Gunod (1918), in Mariinsky Theatre. Worked in the theatre until 1922, when she moved abroad. Made some recordings (1948-1949),. Died at 12 Strathray Gardens.

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Mary (nee Shepard), Knox

Born: 1909 | Died: 2000 | Grave: Q 091 | Category: Arts | Tags: A A Milne, Children’s Books, Cinema, E H Shepard, Edmund Knox, Illustrator, Mary Poppins, P L Travers, Penelope Fitzgerald

Mary Shepard was the daughter of E H Shepard, the illustrator of the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ books and ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Mary was also an artist and, as the result of a chance encounter with Pamela Travers, the author of ‘Mary Poppins’, she became the illustrator of the ‘Mary Poppins’ books.   Personal…

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James Redfern

Born: 1838 | Died: 1876 | Grave: B 014 | Category: Arts

Sculptor. His work included 60 statues for west front of Salisbury Cathedral, 8 Christian virtues in pinnacle of Albert Memorial, Christ in Majesty at Westminster Chapter House, and St George and Dragon on Crimea memorial outside Westminster Abbey.

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Kay Kendall Harrison

Born: 1927 | Died: 1959 | Grave: H 004 | Category: Arts

Film actress, notably in the 1953 film Geneveive. Wife of Rex Harrison. Her head stone has fine lettering and decoration by Reynolds Stone.

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Martindale Sidwell

Born: 1916 | Died: 1998 | Grave: G Bay | Category: Arts

Organist and Music Director Hampstead Parish Church (1946 – 1992), and St Clement Danes (1957 – 1992),; founder, Hampstead Choral Society (1946 – 1981),, London Bach Orchestra (1967 – 1981),. Professor of Royal Society of Church Music (1958 – 1968),.Taught organ at Trinity College of Music and Royal Academy of Music (1963 – 1984), (Independent…

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Barbara (nee Hill), Sidwell

Born: 1920 | Died: 2008 | Grave: G Bay | Category: Arts

Pianist and harpsichordist. Taught first at Henrietta Barnet and Highgate Schools. Professor of Piano, Royal College of Music (1964 – 1990),. Wife of Martindale Sidwell for 54 years, and mother of two sons. Lived at 1 Frognal Gardens.

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Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Born: 1853 | Died: 1917 | Grave: G Bay | Category: Arts | Tags: Actor

Actor-manager, Haymarket Theatre (1887-1897),. Built Her Majesty’s theatre, founded RADA (1904),, knighted (1909),. He lodged in Haverstock Hill in the 1880s and lived grandly at The Grange, Branch Hill 1890-91. One of his 3 daughters, the actress Violet Parsons, who died in 1938is buried next to him in F 002. The film director Carol Reed…

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Ellen Gertrude Hill

Born: 1841 | Died: 1928 | Grave: E 089 | Category: Arts

Ellen and her sister Constance (1844 – 1929),, nieces of Sir Rowland Hill, lived for many years at 110 Frognal and previously with their father at 27 Thurlow Road. Ellen was a portrait painter, who also ran a servants’ home at No 1 New End Square. Constance was a writer.

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