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Woven stretched cloth, usually made from linen but sometimes of cotton or man-made materials such as polyester, on which most oil paintings since the sixteenth century have been painted. Suitable also for acrylics, canvas is still a popular support even though it needs more careful preparation than most other materials used as painting surfaces. Oil paintings themselves are often called canvases.

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Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
circa 1592
NPG 2561

King Charles I
by Daniel Mytens
NPG 1246

King William III
by Unknown artist
circa 1695
NPG 1026

Peter Pett
possibly after Sir Peter Lely
probably 18th century
NPG 1270

King George IV
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
circa 1814
NPG 123

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