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Jewish sitters


257 People in sitter grouping:

A selection of Jewish sitters represented in the collection. See also the Jewish artists group.

Harold Abrahams

Harold Abrahams

1899-1978
Sprinter; Olympian
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams

Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams

1885-1957
Colonial judicial administrator and long jumper; Olympian
Sitter in 12 portraits
Leo Abse

Leo Abse

1917-2008
Lawyer, writer and Labour politician; MP for Pontypool and Torfaen
Sitter in 11 portraits
Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland

1908-1991
Actor and playwright
Sitter in 16 portraits
Hermann Adler

Hermann Adler

1839-1911
Chief Rabbi
Sitter in 3 portraits
Larry Adler

Larry Adler

1914-2001
Mouth organist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Nathan Marcus Adler

Nathan Marcus Adler

1803-1890
Chief Rabbi
Sitter in 2 portraits
Austen Harry Albu

Austen Harry Albu

1903-1994
Engineer and politician
Sitter in 6 portraits
Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander

1859-1938
Philosopher
Sitter in 5 portraits
Leopold Stennett Amery

Leopold Stennett Amery

1873-1955
Politician; Secretary of State for India and writer
Sitter in 29 portraits
Frank Auerbach

Frank Auerbach

1931-
Painter
Sitter in 37 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
David Baddiel

David Baddiel

1964-
Comedian, novelist and broadcaster
Sitter in 2 portraits
Michael Balcon

Michael Balcon

1896-1977
Film producer
Sitter in 34 portraits
Barnett Isaacs Barnato

Barnett Isaacs Barnato

1852-1897
Financier
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Barnett

John Barnett

1802-1890
Composer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lionel Bart

Lionel Bart

1930-1999
Composer, lyricist and playwright
Sitter in 8 portraits
Tony Bayfield

Tony Bayfield

1946-
Rabbi and Head of Movement for Reform Judaism
Sitter in 1 portrait
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

1804-1881
Prime Minister and novelist; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter associated with 110 portraits
Florence (née Kahn), Lady Beerbohm

Florence (née Kahn), Lady Beerbohm

1878-1951
Actress; wife of Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Sir Otto John Beit, 1st Bt

Sir Otto John Beit, 1st Bt

1865-1930
Financier and philanthropist
Sitter in 6 portraits

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