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A coarse-grained red clay that has been fired at low temperatures and left unglazed in its natural warm red colour. The name is also used for any clay that has been fired - terracotta literally means 'baked earth'.

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King James II
by Unknown artist
NPG 5869

King George I
by John Michael Rysbrack
circa 1720-1735
NPG 4156

Alexander Pope
after Louis François Roubiliac
possibly late 19th century, based on a work of circa 1738
NPG 2483

William Hogarth
by Louis François Roubiliac
circa 1741
NPG 121

George Frideric Handel
by Unknown artist
circa 1755-1780
NPG 878

Benjamin Franklin
by Jean Baptiste Nini
NPG 722

Sir Hubert von Herkomer
by (Edward) Onslow Ford
NPG 6196

John Russell, 1st Earl Russell
by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
circa 1880
NPG 4291

Charles Darwin
by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
NPG 761

Henry Smith
by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
NPG 787

Thomas Bodkin
by Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler
NPG 5015

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