A selection of portraits linked to Activity. If you are looking for a specific Activity you can explore the Advanced Search feature and choose the Activity option under Subjects and Themes.
Portraits that show sitters dancing or in places where dancing takes place.
Drinking and eating
Portraits that show sitters drinking or eating, or where food and drink figure prominently.
Portraits that show painters, sculptors and photographers in the act of making art.
Portraits that show musicians making music or holding musical instruments.
Portraits that show sitters reading or holding books and other reading material.
Portraits that show sitters sleeping or at rest with their eyes closed.
Portraits that show sitters smoking or holding cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
Portraits that show sitters writing or holding writing materials.
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