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Portraits that include paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture within them. Explore the full list here.

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Richard Gibson
after Sir Peter Lely
circa 1658, based on a work of circa 1658
NPG 1975

Brook Taylor
probably by Louis Goupy
NPG 1920

Carlo Pellegrini
attributed to Carlo Pellegrini
NPG 2933

William Rothenstein
by William Rothenstein
NPG 5000

Robert Colquhoun
by John Deakin
NPG P295

Leslie Caron
by Yousuf Karsh
NPG P242

Diana Rigg
by J.S. Lewinski
September 1966
NPG P1057

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

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