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Anthony Bailey


  Male      British      Writer

  Born : Jan 05, 1933  


About Author

Anthony Bailey (born 5 January 1933) is a British writer and art historian. He was evacuated to Dayton, Ohio, in 1940 during World War II. After returning to England in 1944, he attended several Hampshire grammar schools before studying history at Oxford University. In 1955, he emigrated to New York City and became a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine for over 30 years. He has written twenty-three books, including biographies of artists J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, and two books on Rembrandt.

He lives on Mersea Island, near Colchester, Essex, with his wife Margot. They have four daughters: Liz, Annie, Katie and Rachel, and nine grandchildren.

Bailey was born on 5 January 1933, in Portsmouth, England. His parents were Cowper Goldsmith Bailey and Phyllis Molony. While his father served in the British army and his younger sister Bridget remained in England with Bailey's mother during World War II, Tony Bailey was taken in for four years by Otto and Eloise Spaeth, who had four children of their own, including a boy also named Tony. Otto Spaeth was the owner of a Dayton machine tool factory and both he and his wife were passionate art collectors. Bailey's lifelong interest in art was influenced by his time living with the Spaeths. The family's private art collection included such artists as Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, and Edward Hopper...


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