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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
19th century, based on a work of circa 1555
NPG 446(2)

Queen Mary I
after Jacopo da Trezzo
19th century, based on a work of circa 1555
NPG 446(1)

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

Jeremy Bentham
by John Field
circa 1823
NPG 3068

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