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BAME sitters


498 People in sitter grouping:

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

Ira Frederick Aldridge

Ira Frederick Aldridge

1807-1867
Actor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

1942-2016
Boxer; heavyweight champion and Olympian
Sitter in 3 portraits
Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey

Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey

1937-
Singer
Sitter in 18 portraits
Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

1970-
Fashion model
Sitter in 5 portraits
Mohandas Karamchand ('Mahatma') Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand ('Mahatma') Gandhi

1869-1948
Indian political leader and religious and social reformer
Sitter in 7 portraits
Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid

1950-2016
Architect
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Lenworth George ('Lenny') Henry

Sir Lenworth George ('Lenny') Henry

1958-
Comedian and actor
Sitter in 13 portraits
Sir Kazuo Ishiguro

Sir Kazuo Ishiguro

1954-
Novelist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor

1954-
Artist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

1918-2013
President of South Africa; President of the African National Congress
Sitter in 3 portraits
Lewis Morley

Lewis Morley

1925-2013
Photographer
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 304 portraits
Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

1933-
Artist; second wife of John Lennon
Sitter in 14 portraits
Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander ('Viv') Richards

Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander ('Viv') Richards

1952-
Cricketer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie

Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie

1947-
Novelist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Tai-Shan Schierenberg

Tai-Shan Schierenberg

1962-
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 4 portraits
Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant)

Mary Jane Seacole (née Grant)

1805-1881
Nurse, adventurer and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Tinie Tempah (Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu)

Tinie Tempah (Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu)

1988-
Singer and musician
Sitter in 3 portraits
Abbas II

Abbas II

1874-1944
Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, 1892-1914
Sitter in 1 portrait
Diane Julie Abbott

Diane Julie Abbott

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

Jaurar Ben Abdallah

active mid 17th century
Lord Chamberlain, privy seal and Prime Minister to the Emperor of Morocco
Sitter in 1 portrait