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Pets and animals

Portraits that feature pets and animals. Explore the full list here.

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth
by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
circa 1547-1550
NPG 1851

King James I of England and VI of Scotland
by Unknown artist
late 16th century, based on a work of 1574
NPG 63

King Charles II
by Unknown artist
NPG 6403

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford
after Sir Anthony van Dyck
circa 1633, based on a work of circa 1633
NPG 1077

Thomas Killigrew
after Sir Anthony van Dyck
17th century, based on a work of circa 1635
NPG 892

Five Children of King Charles I
after Sir Anthony van Dyck
17th century, based on a work of 1637
NPG 267

Richard Neville
by William Dobson
circa 1643
NPG 5382

Charles Waterton
by Charles Willson Peale
NPG 2014

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