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Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott

1953-
Labour politician; MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Bt

1827-1902
Chemist and explosives expert
Sitter in 8 portraits
Carlos Acosta

Carlos Acosta

1973-
Ballet dancer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Marcus Adams

Marcus Adams

1875-1959
Photographer
Sitter in 33 portraits | Artist associated with 146 portraits
Robert Adams

Robert Adams

1906-1965
Actor; wrestler; barrister; founder member of the League of Coloured Peoples
Sitter in 1 portrait
Tony Alexander Adams

Tony Alexander Adams

1966-
Footballer and football manager
Sitter in 1 portrait
Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

1672-1719
Essayist and poet
Sitter in 24 portraits
Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan

1973-
Television presenter and wheelchair basketball player; Paralympian and London 2012 Ambassador
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès

Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès

1971-
Composer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir David Adjaye

Sir David Adjaye

1966-
Architect
Sitter in 3 portraits
Eileen Agar

Eileen Agar

1899-1991
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

1968-
Musician, singer and songwriter for 'Blur' and co-founder of 'Gorillaz'
Sitter in 5 portraits
Dame Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake

Dame Louisa Brandreth Aldrich-Blake

1865-1925
Surgeon; first British woman to obtain the degree of Master of Surgery; daughter of Frederick James Aldrich-Blake
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

1807-1867
Actor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Alfred, Count D'Orsay

Alfred, Count D'Orsay

1801-1852
Amateur artist and man of fashion
Sitter associated with 13 portraits | Artist associated with 266 portraits
Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

1943-
Student activist; writer and film producer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Gubby Allen

Gubby Allen

1902-1989
Cricketer and cricket administrator
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mary Sophia Allen

Mary Sophia Allen

1878-1964
Founder and Commandant of Women Police in London
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Alleyn

Edward Alleyn

1566-1626
Actor and founder of Dulwich College
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Allingham

William Allingham

1824-1889
Poet
Sitter in 3 portraits