Constant Lambert
1905 - 1950
composer
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b London; composer, conductor and writer on music; educated at Christ's Hospital (1915-22), and the Royal College of Music on scholarship. Some of his early interests were French and Russian music, particularly for the ballet. He had a wide circle of writer-friends that included the Sitwells. By 1926, the year he met M, he had been introduced to Diaghileff, and was the first English composer to write for the Ballets Russes. Lambert met M in July 1926 when he became a fellow lodger in Hester Travers Smith's home. By late summer he was writing a ballet for Nijinska, who was directing a company performing at the Teatro Col?n in Buenos Aires. The ballet, which was ultimately entitled Pomona, had a libretto written by M based on the myth of Vertumnus and Pomona. M and Lambert's friendship, never a close one, further deteriorated in 1928 over the first English production of the ballet, and royalties due on publication of Pomona by Oxford University Press.
Francisco Jose Goya y Lucientes
1746 - 1828
artist
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Spanish painter, lithographer and etcher. He
became Royal Painter in 1786, receiving commissions
from the Church and the nobility. In 1792 he
suffered an illness which left him deaf. His often
cruelly truthful paintings rank among the most
discerning in the world of art. In 1823, Goya left
Spain to live in Bordeaux, France, where he
continued to paint, engrave and practice lithography
until his death. Artists who have been influenced by
his work range from Delacroix and Manet to Picasso.
George Yeats
1893 - 1968
artist, writer
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Born Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees in Wrexham. Married WB Yeats in October 1917. In 1919 their first child Anne was born, and in 1921, their son Michael. By the early 1920s George Yeats was active in Cuala Industries and The Dublin Drama League. MacGreevy probably met George Yeats in 1919, and they remained friends until MacGreevy's death in 1967.
Hieronymus Bosch
1450 - 1516
artist
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(Hieronymus van Aeken; c1450-1516) Dutch painter.
His work is regarded as one of the last expressions
of the medieval world view. Bosch primarily painted
religious scenes. He made use of allegory and
symbolism against a panoramic landscape. For
example, his Garden of Earthly Delights is a
grotesque panorama of religious iconography. His use
of contemporary symbolism, which could be read by
his contemporaries, has been lost to subsequent
generations and has led to contradictory
interpretations of his work. Much of his original
work is now lost, copies have been made and his
signature forged. However The Haywain and The Garden
of Delights are fully authenticated. After his death
a large portion of his work including The Garden of
Delights was taken to Spain by Phillip II
Lennox Robinson
1886 - 1958
writer
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b Co Cork; also known as Tinche. In 1897, after seeing an Abbey production at the Cork Opera House, Robinson began to write plays. His first play, 'The Clancy Name, a Tragedy in One Act,' was performed on 8 October 1908 at the Abbey in Dublin. In 1909 Robinson was appointed producer of plays and manager of the Abbey by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory.In 1915 Robinson was hired by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust to act as part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (See CUKT). In 1919 Robinson met MacGreevy, and in 1920 when he was hired as Secretary to the newly-established Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT, he recommended MacGreevy to the Committee as Assistant Secretary. MacGreevy remained Assistant Secretary until 1925, when the Irish Advisory Committee was dissolved due to pressure from the Church. On 8 September 1930, Robinson married Dolly Travers Smith, a union which seemed to have surprised everyone who knew them well. MacGreevy took the announcement of the engagement particularly badly, yet, resumed his friendship with Dolly and Lennox, albeit not at the level previously enjoyed. Even before Robinson's marriage to Dolly Travers Smith, MacGreevy and Robinson's relationship seemed to alternate between love and hate. Nevertheless, MacGreevy and Robinson remained in correspondence until Robinson's death..
Philip II of Spain
1527 - 1598
Royalty
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Philip II (Spanish: Felipe II de Habsburgo; Portuguese: Filipe I) was King of Spain from 1556 until 1598, King of Naples and Sicily from 1554 until 1598, king consort of England (as husband of Mary I) from 1554 to 1558, Lord of the Seventeen Provinces (holding various titles for the individual territories, such as Duke or Count) from 1556 until 1581, King of Portugal and the Algarves (as Philip I) from 1580 until 1598 and King of Chile from 1554 until 1556.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
1225 - 1274
writer, religious figure
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Italian theologian and philosopher. Also called Doctor angelicus (The Angelic Doctor). He joined the Dominican order in 1243 against his family's wishes. Taught in Paris and Italy. He became an outstanding figure of Scholastic philosophy which integrated scientific rationalism and the naturalism of Aristotle with Christian revelation and faith. His major works are his two great Summae, or summaries of human knowledge, Summa contra Gentiles (1259-64) and Summa theologiae (1266-73). The followers of St Thomas Aquinas are known as Thomists, and Thomism, his synthesis of theology and philosophy, is one of the cornerstones in the doctrine of the Catholic church.
Thomas MacGreevy
1893 - 1967
critic, museum director, writer
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Poet, literary and art critic, and administrator. Born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, into a family of farmers and schoolteachers; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied politics and history.He is best known for his strikingly original modernist poetry and for being one of the art critics who championed Irish modernist art and artists between the wars.

He was a prolific writer, publishing more than 350 articles, seven monographs, and a collection of poetry, Poems (1934). He was director of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1950-1963.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Ireland