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Nicholas Ridley
by Unknown artist
late sixteenth century
NPG 296

Sir William Petty
by Isaac Fuller
circa 1651
NPG 2924

Horace Walpole
by John Giles Eccardt
NPG 988

Oliver Goldsmith
studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1770 or after
NPG 130

Benedict Nicolson
by Bern Schwartz
4 July 1977
NPG P1222

Harold Pinter
by Justin Mortimer
NPG 6185

Historians of 'Past and Present'
by Stephen Frederick Godfrey Farthing
NPG 6518

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