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BAME sitters


1271 People in sitter grouping:

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

Reverend Aaron

Reverend Aaron

circa 1698-1745
First Indian preacher
Sitter in 2 portraits
Abbas II

Abbas II

1874-1944
Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, 1892-1914
Sitter in 1 portrait
Michael Abbensetts

Michael Abbensetts

1938-2016
Playwright and television screenwriter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Diane Abbott

Diane 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
Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Abdul Hamid II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

1842-1918
Reigned 1876-1909
Sitter in 5 portraits
Iman

Iman

1955-
Model
Sitter in 1 portrait
Abdülmecid I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Abdülmecid I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

1823-1861
Reigned 1839-61
Sitter in 1 portrait
Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan

Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan

died 1901
Reigned 1880-1901
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ola Abidogun

Ola Abidogun

1993-
Sprinter; Paralympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Baron Kiyokazu Abo

1870-1940
Admiral
Sitter in 1 portrait
Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah

1992-
Fashion model
Sitter in 2 portraits
Abu Bakar, Sultan of Johore

Abu Bakar, Sultan of Johore

1833-1895
Sultan of Johore
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang

1904-1974
Son of Sultan Abdullah Al-Mutassim Billah Shah
Sitter in 7 portraits
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
Victor Olufemi Adebowale, Baron Adebowale

Victor Olufemi Adebowale, Baron Adebowale

1962-
Politician and Chief Executive of Turning Point
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ambrose Adekoya Campbell

Ambrose Adekoya Campbell

1919-2006
Singer, guitarist, percussionist, composer and bandleader
Sitter in 1 portrait
Julie Adenuga

Julie Adenuga

1988-
Radio presenter
Sitter in 1 portrait

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