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BAME sitters


1046 People in sitter grouping:

A selection of BAME (Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority) sitters represented in the collection. See also the BAME artists group.

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott

1953-
Labour politician; MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Sitter in 4 portraits
Iman

Iman

1955-
Model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta

1973-
Ballet dancer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

1982-
Boxer; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Robert Adams

Robert Adams

1906-1965
Actor; wrestler; barrister; founder member of the League of Coloured Peoples
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan

1973-
Television presenter and wheelchair basketball player; Paralympian and London 2012 Ambassador
Sitter in 1 portrait
Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

1968-
Scientist and mechanical engineer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye

1966-
Architect
Sitter in 3 portraits
Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)

1877-1957
Leader of the Ismailis and racehorse owner
Sitter in 15 portraits
Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

1807-1867
Actor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Monica Ali

Monica Ali

1967-
Novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

1942-2016
Boxer; heavyweight champion and Olympian
Sitter in 3 portraits
Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

1943-
Student activist; writer and film producer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Prince Naseem

Prince Naseem

1974-
Boxer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos of Brondesbury

Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos of Brondesbury

1954-
Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission; Government Whip, House of Lords
Sitter in 2 portraits
Viv Anderson

Viv Anderson

1956-
Footballer and coach
Sitter in 1 portrait
Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading

1950-
Singer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Louis ('Satchmo') Armstrong

Louis ('Satchmo') Armstrong

1900-1971
American jazz musician
Sitter in 2 portraits
Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell

1914-1983
Pianist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Abdul Aziz

Abdul Aziz

1830-1876
Sultan of Turkey
Sitter associated with 7 portraits