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Pigment

Pigments are the small ground particles that give paint its colour. Derived from animal, mineral or vegetable sources, pigment is held together by a binding agent such as oil in oil paint.

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Joseph Priestley
by Ellen Sharples, probably after James Sharples
circa 1797
NPG 175

Austin Osman Spare
by Austin Osman Spare
1937
NPG 6026

Marc Quinn
by Marc Quinn
2006
NPG 6828

Rebecca Romero
by Nadav Kander
June 2008
NPG x132235

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Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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