Gilding

Process of decorating a surface with a thin layer of gold in the form of either gold leaf laid on a prepared ground, or powdered gold mixed with adhesive binder and painted on a surface. The term is sometimes used to refer to the application of other metals to a surface, such as silver or bronze. A surface that has been covered by gilding is said to be gilt or gilded.

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Philip II, King of Spain, after Jacopo da Trezzo, (1555) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Philip II, King of Spain
after Jacopo da Trezzo
(1555)
NPG 446(2)

Queen Mary I, after Jacopo da Trezzo, (circa 1555) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I
after Jacopo da Trezzo
(circa 1555)
NPG 446(1)

Henry Scobell, by Thomas Simon, 1649 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Scobell
by Thomas Simon
1649
NPG 4363

Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans, copy attributed to Jean Petitot, possibly after  Pierre Mignard, 17th century? - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans
copy attributed to Jean Petitot, possibly after Pierre Mignard
17th century?
NPG 1606

Embroidered waistcoat belonging to Thomas Hope, by Unknown artist, circa 1787-1795 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Embroidered waistcoat belonging to Thomas Hope
by Unknown artist
circa 1787-1795
NPG D31703

Jeremy Bentham, by John Field, circa 1823 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jeremy Bentham
by John Field
circa 1823
NPG 3068

Francis Bacon, by Clive Barker, 1969 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Francis Bacon
by Clive Barker
1969
NPG 5844

Elton John (

Elton John ('On the throne')
by Suzi Malin
1978
NPG 6563

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