Cardboard

Cardboard panels of paper pulp, or combined with wood or cloth, have been used as painting supports (surfaces) since the sixteenth century. Like millboard, strawboard and hardboard, they are practical and cheap, light in weight and have a variety of textured surfaces. Boards can be painted on direct but are usually primed first with a ground such as gesso or an egg emulsion.

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James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth, after John Riley, (circa 1680-1684) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth
after John Riley
(circa 1680-1684)
NPG 2153

Count Albert Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein, by Philip Alexius de László, before 1907 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Count Albert Mensdorff-Pouilly-Dietrichstein
by Philip Alexius de László
before 1907
NPG 5396a

Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Wales, by Philip Alexius de László, 1907 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Princess Victoria Alexandra Olga Mary of Wales
by Philip Alexius de László
1907
NPG 5396

David Garnett, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1915 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

David Garnett
by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
1915
NPG 6046

Roger Fry, by Rachel Pearsall Conn (

Roger Fry
by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
late 1920s or early 1930s
NPG D215

Leslie Hurry, by Leslie Hurry, circa 1943 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Leslie Hurry
by Leslie Hurry
circa 1943
NPG 5421

Violet Trefusis, by (Arthur) Derek Hill, 1945 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Violet Trefusis
by (Arthur) Derek Hill
1945
NPG 5934

José Lezama Lima, by Ida Kar, 1964 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

José Lezama Lima
by Ida Kar
1964
NPG x132304

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