Palette

A thin board or tablet, usually oval or oblong, for laying out and mixing paint. Traditionally wooden and with a hole for the thumb, they can come in almost any shape or size and be made from any type of non-absorbent material such as ceramic, glass or marble. The term is also used to refer to the range of colours used by an artist in a painting.

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Mary Beale, by Mary Beale, circa 1665 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Beale
by Mary Beale
circa 1665
NPG 1687

Edward Collier, by Edward Collier, 1683 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edward Collier
by Edward Collier
1683
NPG 6069

Michael Dahl, by Michael Dahl, 1691 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Dahl
by Michael Dahl
1691
NPG 3822

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1747-1749 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1747-1749
NPG 41

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1805-1810 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
by Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
1805-1810
NPG 2493

George Arnald, by George Arnald, 1831 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Arnald
by George Arnald
1831
NPG 5254

Emilia Francis (née Strong), Lady Dilke, by Pauline, Lady Trevelyan (née Jermyn), and  Laura Capel Lofft (later Lady Trevelyan), circa 1864 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emilia Francis (née Strong), Lady Dilke
by Pauline, Lady Trevelyan (née Jermyn), and Laura Capel Lofft (later Lady Trevelyan)
circa 1864
NPG 1828a

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Ernest Procter; Doris Margaret ('Dod') Procter (née Shaw)
by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann)
1934
NPG P866

Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith, by Lola Walker (Lola Marsden), 6 April 1951 - NPG  - © Lola Marsden / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
by Lola Walker (Lola Marsden)
6 April 1951
NPG x125622

Duncan Grant, by Jane Bown, 1978 - NPG  - © Jane Bown

Duncan Grant
by Jane Bown
1978
NPG x28622

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