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The following information has been provided by John Morrison, 2nd cousin of Agnès Humbert. It is solely biographical. and based partly on the journal Resistance written by Agnès Humbert.
Georges-Hanna Sabbagh was born at Alexandria, Egypt in 1887. He studied art in Paris, being the first Egyptian at the Ecole du Louvre, and was a pupil of the Symbolist painter Maurice Denis. He served in the British army during the First World War.
In 1916 he married a fellow student Agnès Humbert (1894-1963), an art historian and later a leader of the French resistance in World War II. In 1917 and 1918 they had two sons: Jean Sabbagh who became a submarine contre-amiral and advisor to General de Gaulle, and Pierre Sabbagh who became a French journalist then television director and producer.
Georges became a French Citizen in 1930. He and Agnès divorced in 1934. He died in 1951, and after his death his son Jean (with his wife) made a catalogue of his works.