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Making music

Portraits that show musicians making music or holding musical instruments. Explore the full list here.

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Sir Henry Unton
by Unknown artist
circa 1596
NPG 710

Brook Taylor
probably by Louis Goupy
NPG 1920

The Shudi Family Group
by Marcus Tuscher
circa 1742
NPG 5776

Charles Rousseau Burney
by Edward Francisco Burney
circa 1775-1780
NPG 1860

Johann Christian Bach
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1776
NPG 5557

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Anna Selina Storace
attributed to Benjamin Vandergucht
circa 1790
NPG 6148

Patrick Byrne ('Irish Harper')
by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
NPG P6(150)

Sir James Hope Grant
by Sir Francis Grant
circa 1861
NPG 783

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Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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