Paper

A sheet made from plant fibres used as a support for writing, drawing and printing on. Until about 1800 European paper was hand-made from the fibres of boiled rags and linen, and the best quality drawing-paper today is still made in this traditional way. Less expensive papers are machine-made of a mixture of cotton, hemp, esparto and wood pulp.

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George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, by Unknown artist, 1582? - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury
by Unknown artist
1582?
NPG 6343

Jonathan Richardson, by Jonathan Richardson, October 1735 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jonathan Richardson
by Jonathan Richardson
October 1735
NPG 3779

Mr Fox and his Friends, by William Lane, circa 1813 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mr Fox and his Friends
by William Lane
circa 1813
NPG 2076

Sir George Hayter, by Sir George Hayter, 1821 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir George Hayter
by Sir George Hayter
1821
NPG 3082(5)

Hannah More, by Augustin Edouart, 1827 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Hannah More
by Augustin Edouart
1827
NPG 4501

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, by William Holman Hunt, 1853 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
by William Holman Hunt
1853
NPG 2914

Humfry Gilbert Garth Payne, by (Margaret) Ithell Colquhoun, 1934 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Humfry Gilbert Garth Payne
by (Margaret) Ithell Colquhoun
1934
NPG 5269

Somerset Maugham, by Graham Vivian Sutherland, 1953 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Somerset Maugham
by Graham Vivian Sutherland
1953
NPG 5328

Pandit Ram Gopal, by Feliks Topolski, circa 1972 - NPG  - © estate of Feliks Topolski

Pandit Ram Gopal
by Feliks Topolski
circa 1972
NPG 6812

Allen Jones, by Clive Barker, 1984 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Allen Jones
by Clive Barker
1984
NPG 5878

Elvis Costello, by Adam Birtwistle, 1996 - NPG  - © Adam Birtwistle / Piano Nobile Fine Paintings

Elvis Costello
by Adam Birtwistle
1996
NPG 6460

Sir David Hare, by Paula Rego, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions

Sir David Hare
by Paula Rego
2005
NPG 6746

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