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The traditional favourite of stone carvers, easy to carve and one of the most luxurious stones. Marble comes in an infinite variety of colours, depending on where it is quarried, and polishes to a fine finish. From the Renaissance to the nineteenth century white Italian marble was favoured for its resemblance to surviving classical pieces. Alabaster is one of the softest types of marble. When newly quarried it is easily worked on but it gradually hardens with exposure to air.

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Richard Payne Knight
by John Bacon the Younger
NPG 4887

Queen Victoria
replica by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey
1841, based on a work of 1839
NPG 1716

Charles Cowden Clarke
attributed to Thomas Heathfield Carrick
circa 1841-1854
NPG 4506

John Gibson
by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
NPG 5342

T.E. Lawrence
by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler
NPG 5016

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Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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