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Making art

Portraits that show painters, sculptors and photographers in the act of making art. Explore the full list here.

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Edward Collier
by Edward Collier
NPG 6069

Grinling Gibbons
after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
based on a work of circa 1690
NPG 2925

Michael Dahl
by Michael Dahl
NPG 3822

Sir Joshua Reynolds
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1747-1749
NPG 41

Rhoda (née Delaval), Lady Astley
attributed to Arthur Pond
circa 1750
NPG 5253

Mary Moser
by George Romney
circa 1770-1771
NPG 6641

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