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270 People in group: Profession; Playwrights and dramatists

William Shakespeare

1564-1616
Dramatist and poet
Sitter associated with 94 portraits

Oscar Wilde

1854-1900
Wit and dramatist
Sitter associated with 13 portraits

Michael Abbensetts

1938-
Playwright
Sitter in 1 portrait

Rodney Ackland

1908-1991
Actor and playwright
Sitter in 16 portraits

John Agard

1949-
Poet, playwright, performer and anthologist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Miles Peter Andrews

1742-1814
Dramatist, gunpowder manufacturer and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait

John Antrobus

1933-
Playwright
Sitter in 1 portrait

Arthur Applin

1873-1949
Actor, playwright and novelist
Sitter in 5 portraits

Michael Arabian

Playwright
Sitter in 4 portraits

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare

1940-
Politician, author and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits

John Arden

1930-2012
Playwright
Sitter in 1 portrait

Reginald Arkell

1872-1959
Author and dramatist
Sitter in 4 portraits

Robert Armin

circa 1568-1615
Actor and dramatist
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

1939-
Playwright; Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Sitter in 4 portraits

Richard Ayton

1786-1823
Dramatist and miscellaneous writer
Sitter in 2 portraits

Enid Algerine Bagnold ('Lady Jones')

1889-1981
Novelist and playwright; wife of Sir Roderick Jones; daughter of Arthur Bagnold
Sitter in 10 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Joanna Baillie

1762-1851
Dramatist and poet
Sitter in 2 portraits

Sir Kenneth Ralph Barnes

1878-1957
Principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Sitter in 13 portraits

Peter Barnes

1931-2004
Playwright and director
Sitter in 1 portrait

Wilson Barrett (William Henry Barrett)

1846-1904
Actor, theatre manager and dramatist
Sitter in 13 portraits

Lionel Bart

1930-1999
Composer, lyricist and playwright
Sitter in 5 portraits

Clifford Bax

1886-1962
Dramatist and poet
Sitter associated with 16 portraits

Francis Beaumont

1584-1616
Dramatist
Sitter associated with 13 portraits

Samuel Beckett

1906-1989
Playwright
Sitter in 40 portraits

Brendan Behan

1923-1964
Writer and playwright
Sitter in 15 portraits

Aphra Behn (née Johnson)

1640-1689
Dramatist and novelist
Sitter associated with 4 portraits

Alan Bennett

1934-
Playwright
Sitter in 24 portraits

John Berger

1926-
Writer, broadcaster and art critic
Sitter in 1 portrait

Steven Berkoff

1937-
Playwright, actor and director
Sitter in 8 portraits

Henri Leon Gustave Charles Bernstein

1876-1953
Playwright
Sitter in 6 portraits

Thomas Betterton

1635-1710
Actor and dramatist
Sitter in 9 portraits

James Boaden

1762-1839
Dramatist and biographer
Sitter in 3 portraits

Robert Oxton Bolt

1924-1995
Playwright
Sitter in 8 portraits

Edward Bond

1934-
Playwright and director
Sitter in 7 portraits

Gordon Bottomley

1874-1948
Poet and dramatist
Sitter in 17 portraits

Dion Boucicault

1820-1890
Actor and playwright; father of Darley George Boucicault (Dion Boucicault Jr)
Sitter in 6 portraits

Arthur Bourchier

1863-1927
Actor, theatre manager and dramatist
Sitter in 19 portraits

Howard Brenton

1942-
Playwright
Sitter in 1 portrait

James Bridie (Osborne Henry Mavor)

1888-1951
Playwright
Sitter in 3 portraits

Richard Brome

circa 1590-1652
Playwright
Sitter in 4 portraits

Charles Hallam Elton Brookfield

1857-1913
Actor and playwright
Sitter in 3 portraits

Charles William Shirley Brooks

1816-1874
Journalist and playwright
Sitter associated with 7 portraits

William Brough

1826-1870
Journalist and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

1628-1687
Statesman and dramatist
Sitter in 14 portraits

John Burgoyne

1722-1792
'Gentleman Johnny'; soldier and dramatist
Sitter in 8 portraits

Joseph William Comyns Carr

1849-1916
Critic and dramatist, gallery director and theatre manager
Sitter in 5 portraits

Dame Barbara Hamilton Cartland

1901-2000
Novelist and playwright
Sitter in 13 portraits

Jim Cartwright

1958-
Playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits

Susanna Centlivre (née Freeman)

1669?-1723
Playwright and actress
Sitter in 3 portraits

Pierre Claude Nivelle de la Chaussee

1692-1754
French dramatist
Sitter in 1 portrait

Warren Chetham-Strode

1896-1974
Author and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits

Caryl Churchill (Harter)

1938-
Playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits

Colley Cibber

1671-1757
Dramatist and actor
Sitter in 8 portraits

Elizabeth Lydia Rosabelle (née Bonham), Lady Clifford (formerly Mrs Henry de la Pasture)

1866-1945
Novelist and dramatist; former wife of Henry Philip Duracel de la Pasture, and later wife of Sir Hugh Clifford
Sitter in 7 portraits

James Cobb

1756-1818
Playwright
Sitter in 7 portraits

Catharine Cockburn (Trotter)

1679-1749
Dramatist and philosophical writer
Sitter in 2 portraits

Jean Cocteau

1889-1963
Poet, playwright and film-director; Artist
Sitter in 10 portraits

George Colman the Elder

1732-1794
Playwright
Sitter associated with 10 portraits

George Colman the Younger

1762-1836
Dramatist
Sitter associated with 6 portraits

William Congreve

1670-1729
Dramatist
Sitter in 18 portraits