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Unknown gentleman
by George Townshend, 4th Viscount and 1st Marquess Townshend
NPG 4855(51)

Sir George Hayter
by Sir George Hayter
NPG 3082(6)

Thomas Hughes
attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
NPG P171(38)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by Robert Howlett
November 1857
NPG P112

King Edward VII
by W. & D. Downey
NPG P22(5)

Abdul Aziz
by James Jacques Tissot
published in Vanity Fair 30 October 1869
NPG 4707(1)

Frederick Burnaby
by James Jacques Tissot
NPG 2642

Edward John Gregory
by Edward John Gregory
NPG 2621

Vita Sackville-West
by Gisèle Freund
NPG P437

Michael Caine
by David Bailey
May 1965
NPG P951

Lew Grade, Baron Grade
by Ruskin Spear
exhibited 1988
NPG 6062

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