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246 People in group

Iman

Iman

1955-
Model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah

1992-
Fashion model
Sitter in 2 portraits
Eileen Adams

Eileen Adams

Model
Sitter in 2 portraits
Margaret Allworthy

Margaret Allworthy

Model
Sitter in 2 portraits
Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson

Fashion model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Eve Anthony

Eve Anthony

Fashion model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Machteld Appel (née van der Groen)

Machteld Appel (née van der Groen)

died 1970
Fashion model for Balenciaga; wife of Karel Appel
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Janet) Bronwen (née Alun Pugh), Viscountess Astor

(Janet) Bronwen (née Alun Pugh), Viscountess Astor

1930-2017
Fashion model; third wife of 3rd Viscount Astor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Primrose Austen

Primrose Austen

1941-2019
Fashion model
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Catherine Bailey (née Dyer)

Catherine Bailey (née Dyer)

1963-
Fashion model; fourth wife of photographer David Bailey
Sitter in 1 portrait
Rebecca Bain

Rebecca Bain

Model and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Deirdre Phyllis Ulrica Balfour (née Hart-Davis)

Deirdre Phyllis Ulrica Balfour (née Hart-Davis)

1907-1999
Gallery owner; model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Rhoda Madge Beasley

Rhoda Madge Beasley

1911-1935
Artist's model
Sitter in 4 portraits
Marisa Berenson

Marisa Berenson

1947-
Actress and model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Martine Beswick

Martine Beswick

1941-
Actress and model
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Minah Bird

Minah Bird

1950-1995
Fashion model and actress
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

1946-
Actress and fashion model
Sitter in 7 portraits
Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond

1944-
Model agent
Sitter in 1 portrait
Pat Booth

Pat Booth

1943-2009
Model, photographer and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
Enid Boulting

Enid Boulting

1928-
Fashion model; former wife of Roy Boulting, and later wife of 9th Earl of Hardwicke
Sitter in 3 portraits

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