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Sir Hardy Amies

Sir Hardy Amies

1909-2003
Couturier; dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II; Head of Special Operations Executive in Belgium during World War II
Sitter in 21 portraits
Sir Norman Angell

Sir Norman Angell

1872-1967
Peace campaigner and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; journalist; author; lecturer; Labour politician; MP for Bradford North
Sitter in 20 portraits
Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

1585-1646
Patron of art and collector
Sitter associated with 68 portraits
Kenny Ball

Kenny Ball

1930-2013
Musician and trumpeter; lead trumpeter for Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden

1903-1989
Painter and illustrator
Sitter in 12 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Jane Bown

Jane Bown

1925-2014
Photographer
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 73 portraits
Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

1957-
Singer and songwriter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Austen ('Rab') Butler, 1st Baron Butler of Saffron Walden

Richard Austen ('Rab') Butler, 1st Baron Butler of Saffron Walden

1902-1982
Politician; served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 44 portraits
King Charles II

King Charles II

1630-1685
Reigned 1660-85
Sitter associated with 295 portraits
Beth Chatto

Beth Chatto

1923-2018
Garden designer and writer; Creator and Managing Director of The Beth Chatto Gardens
Sitter in 3 portraits
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874-1965
Prime Minister
Sitter in 222 portraits
Alastair Nathan Cook

Alastair Nathan Cook

1984-
Cricketer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Graham Coxon

Graham Coxon

1969-
Guitarist; member of Blur
Sitter in 3 portraits
Francis Henry Crittall

Francis Henry Crittall

1860-1935
Metal window frame manufacturer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ian Dury

Ian Dury

1942-2000
Singer, songwriter and actor; member of Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex

circa 1485-1540
Statesman
Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

1565-1601
Soldier; favourite of Elizabeth I
Sitter associated with 25 portraits
Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex

Robert Devereux, 3rd Earl of Essex

1591-1646
Parliamentary general
Sitter associated with 44 portraits
Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

Arthur Capel, 1st Earl of Essex

1631-1683
Soldier; son of 1st Baron Capel
Sitter in 12 portraits
Catherine Stephens, Countess of Essex

Catherine Stephens, Countess of Essex

1794-1882
Actress and singer; wife of 5th Earl of Essex
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

1891-1992
Actress, theatre producer and director
Sitter in 18 portraits
John Robert Fowles

John Robert Fowles

1926-2005
Writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Roger Fry

Roger Fry

1866-1934
Critic and painter
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Graham Gooch

Graham Gooch

1953-
Cricketer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Teresa Gorman

Teresa Gorman

1931-2015
Conservative politician; MP for Billericay
Sitter in 1 portrait
Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain

1968-
Cricketer; Captain of the England Cricket Team
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Peter Lely

Sir Peter Lely

1618-1680
Portrait painter
Sitter in 19 portraits | Artist associated with 843 portraits
Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

1827-1912
Surgeon and founder of a system of antiseptic surgery
Sitter in 16 portraits
Geoff Love

Geoff Love

1917-1991
Musical director
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley

1956-
Television presenter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore

1941-1993
Footballer
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir Alfred James Munnings

Sir Alfred James Munnings

1878-1959
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 11 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Len Murray

Len Murray

1922-2004
Trade unionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Anna Neagle

Anna Neagle

1904-1986
Actress and film producer
Sitter in 42 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Anthony Harold ('Tony') Newton, Baron Newton of Braintree

1937-2012
Politician and economist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

1550-1604
Courtier
Sitter in 3 portraits
Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling

1946-
Actress
Sitter in 23 portraits
Dave Rowntree

Dave Rowntree

1964-
Musician; drummer for Blur
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sade

Sade

1959-
Singer, songwriter, composer and record producer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sandie Shaw

Sandie Shaw

1947-
Singer
Sitter in 12 portraits
Humphrey Spender

Humphrey Spender

1910-2005
Photographer, artist and designer
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 15 portraits
Jack Straw

Jack Straw

1946-
Politician; Home and Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 3 portraits
Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen

1974-
Actress and Television presenter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny

Henry Nevill, 2nd Earl of Abergavenny

1755-1843
Secretary to the Treasury and politician; MP for Seaford and Monmouthshire
Sitter in 2 portraits
Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland

1908-1991
Actor and playwright
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sarah Flower Adams

Sarah Flower Adams

1805-1848
Poet and hymn writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Catherine B.Alderton (née Robinson)

Catherine B.Alderton (née Robinson)

1869-1951
Mayor of Colchester; wife of Archibald Alderton; daughter of T.Robinson
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

G.W. Allen

Photographer
Artist of 1 portrait
Rose Allin (Allyn)

Rose Allin (Allyn)

circa 1537-1557
Martyr; daughter of Alyce Mount
Sitter in 1 portrait
Joyce Allingham

Joyce Allingham

1913-2001
Photographer, publishing secretary and business manager; daughter of Herbert John Allingham; sister of Margery Allingham
Sitter in 1 portrait
Cuthbert James McCall ('Cub') Alport, Baron Alport

Cuthbert James McCall ('Cub') Alport, Baron Alport

1912-1998
Politician; MP for Colchester
Sitter in 12 portraits
Bernard Ashmole

Bernard Ashmole

1894-1988
Archaeologist and art historian
Sitter in 8 portraits
Thomas Audley, Baron Audley of Walden

Thomas Audley, Baron Audley of Walden

1487 or 1488-1544
Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Baker

John Baker

active 1557
Constable
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Ball

John Ball

died 1381
Chaplain and leader of the peasants' revolt
Sitter in 1 portrait
Mrs Barron

Mrs Barron

active 1835
of Great Baddow, Essex
Sitter in 3 portraits
Robert Andrew Bathurst

Robert Andrew Bathurst

1817-1906
Clergyman and cricketer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sidney Lewis Bernstein, 1st Baron Bernstein of Leigh

Sidney Lewis Bernstein, 1st Baron Bernstein of Leigh

1899-1993
Film and television producer
Sitter in 17 portraits

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