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Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath

Henry Frederick Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath

1905-1992
Landowner and businessman
Sitter in 28 portraits
Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton

1904-1980
Photographer, designer and writer
Sitter associated with 361 portraits | Artist associated with 1112 portraits
William (Thomas) Beckford

William (Thomas) Beckford

1760-1844
Writer and slave owner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Peter Blake

Peter Blake

1932-
Painter
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
John Britton

John Britton

1771-1857
Antiquary and topographer
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits
Peter Leonard Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

Peter Leonard Brooke, Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

1934-
Management consultant and Conservative politician; MP for the Cities of London and Westminster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Capability Brown

Capability Brown

1716-1783
Landscape gardener
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

1770-1844
Parliamentary reformer
Sitter associated with 135 portraits
Mary Delany (née Granville)

Mary Delany (née Granville)

1700-1788
Paper collage artist; memoir and letter writer
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Diana Dors

Diana Dors

1931-1984
Actress
Sitter in 18 portraits
James Dyson

James Dyson

1947-
Designer and inventor
Sitter in 4 portraits
John Passmore Edwards

John Passmore Edwards

1823-1911
Newspaper editor and philanthropist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henry Fawcett

Henry Fawcett

1833-1884
Politician, political economist and academic
Sitter in 24 portraits
Jill Furse

Jill Furse

1915-1944
Actress
Sitter in 2 portraits
David Emery Gascoyne

David Emery Gascoyne

1916-2001
Poet
Sitter in 7 portraits
Robert Graves

Robert Graves

1895-1985
Poet and writer
Sitter associated with 39 portraits
Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

Sidney Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Lea

1810-1861
War Secretary; Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery
Sitter in 11 portraits
Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes

1588-1679
Social philosopher
Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

Henry Richard Fox (later Vassall), 3rd Baron Holland

1773-1840
Whig statesman and patron of art and letters
Sitter associated with 57 portraits
Henry Hunt

Henry Hunt

1773-1835
Radical politician and demagogue; MP for Preston
Sitter associated with 21 portraits

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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