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Novelists and authors


1705 People in group

Julian Patrick Barnes

Julian Patrick Barnes

1946-
Author
Sitter in 8 portraits
J.M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie

1860-1937
Writer and author of 'Peter Pan'
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 37 portraits
H.E. Bates

H.E. Bates

1905-1974
Writer and novelist
Sitter in 43 portraits
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

1804-1881
Prime Minister and novelist
Sitter associated with 110 portraits
Isabella Beeton (Mrs Beeton)

Isabella Beeton (Mrs Beeton)

1836-1865
Author of the 'Book of Household Management'
Sitter in 3 portraits
Aphra Behn (née Johnson)

Aphra Behn (née Johnson)

1640-1689
Dramatist, novelist and spy
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc

1870-1953
Author and poet
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett

1867-1931
Author and journalist
Sitter in 33 portraits
E.F. Benson

E.F. Benson

1867-1940
Novelist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir Walter Besant

Sir Walter Besant

1836-1901
Novelist and campaigner for authors' rights
Sitter in 6 portraits
Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy

1940-2012
Novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

1789-1849
Novelist and beauty; wife of 1st Earl of Blessington
Sitter in 9 portraits
Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

1899-1973
Novelist and writer
Sitter in 20 portraits
Rosie Boycott

Rosie Boycott

1951-
Editor, journalist and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury

Sir Malcolm Stanley Bradbury

1932-2000
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 4 portraits
Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

1934-
Author and illustrator
Sitter in 4 portraits
Anne Brontë

Anne Brontë

1820-1849
Novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charlotte Brontë

Charlotte Brontë

1816-1855
Novelist
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë

1818-1848
Novelist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker

1971-
Critic, journalist, author and television presenter
Sitter in 1 portrait