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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is the national record of men and women who have shaped British history and culture, worldwide, from the Romans to the twenty-first century. It's by no means just a collection of the great and good: the ODNB covers all walks of life, from royal confectioner Balthazar Sanchez to artist Eileen Agar (also on Art UK), with people who might be described more as notorious or eccentric along the way.

Through our partnership with the Oxford University Press, expand your knowledge by exploring additional content from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Grove Dictionary of Art when you create an Art UK account.

Registering for an Art UK account allows you to save searches and create albums of artworks but include your UK local authority library card number and your account will open up additional information across the Art UK site, including biographies, artists portraits and related articles.

Jo Payne, Head of Biographical and General Reference, Oxford University Press, says, '... we've been glad to work with Art UK for a number of years as they've sought to bring art in public ownership more into public awareness.'

Find out more about how you can harness the power of OUP on Art UK.