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Portraits that show sitters reading or holding books and other reading material. Explore the full list here.

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Thomas Cranmer
by Gerlach Flicke
NPG 535

George Buchanan
after Arnold Bronckorst
NPG 524

Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants
by Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger
NPG 2765

King Charles I
by Gerrit van Honthorst
NPG 4444

Frank Nicholls
attributed to Thomas Hudson
circa 1745-1748
NPG 6144

Giuseppe Baretti
after Sir Joshua Reynolds
early 1770s
NPG 6248

Arthur Murphy
by Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)
NPG 10

Spencer Perceval
by George Francis Joseph
NPG 1031

John Keats
by Joseph Severn
NPG 58

Vincent Novello
by Edward Petre Novello
early 1830s
NPG 5684

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