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Robert Adam

Robert Adam

1728-1792
Architect
Sitter in 2 portraits
Prince Naseem (Naseem Salom Ali Hamed)

Prince Naseem (Naseem Salom Ali Hamed)

1974-
Boxer
Sitter in 1 portrait
(William) Kenneth Armitage

(William) Kenneth Armitage

1916-2002
Sculptor
Sitter in 12 portraits
Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

Wystan Hugh ('W.H.') Auden

1907-1973
Poet
Sitter in 43 portraits
Sir Alan Ayckbourn

Sir Alan Ayckbourn

1939-
Playwright; Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Sitter in 4 portraits
Zeinab Mohammed-Khair Badawi

Zeinab Mohammed-Khair Badawi

1959-
Broadcaster and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Dame Janet Abbott Baker

Dame Janet Abbott Baker

1933-
Singer
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sean Bean

Sean Bean

1959-
Actor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Quentin Claudian Stephen Bell

Quentin Claudian Stephen Bell

1910-1996
Artist and writer; son of Clive and Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 6 portraits
Hilary James Wedgwood Benn

Hilary James Wedgwood Benn

1953-
Politician; Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett

1934-
Playwright
Sitter in 25 portraits
Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder

Dame Elizabeth Violet Blackadder

1931-
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
William Bligh

William Bligh

1754-1817
Admiral and explorer; captain of the Bounty
Sitter in 5 portraits
David Blunkett

David Blunkett

1947-
Labour politician; Home Secretary
Sitter in 3 portraits
David Garshen Bomberg

David Garshen Bomberg

1890-1957
Painter
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd

Betty Boothroyd, Baroness Boothroyd

1929-
Speaker of the House of Commons
Sitter in 11 portraits
Geoffrey Boycott

Geoffrey Boycott

1940-
Cricketer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Joseph Bramah

Joseph Bramah

1748-1814
Inventor
Sitter in 3 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
Alistair Edward Brownlee

Alistair Edward Brownlee

1988-
Triathlete; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jonathan Brownlee

Jonathan Brownlee

1990-
Triathlete; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Burges

William Burges

1827-1881
Architect and designer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt

Dame Antonia Susan ('A.S.') Byatt

1936-
Novelist, critic and editor
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir William Chambers

Sir William Chambers

1723-1796
Architect
Sitter in 16 portraits
Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey

1781-1841
Sculptor
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 267 portraits
Brian Howard Clough

Brian Howard Clough

1935-2004
Footballer and football manager
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jarvis Branson Cocker

Jarvis Branson Cocker

1963-
Musician, singer and songwriter for 'Pulp'
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe

Sebastian Coe, Baron Coe

1956-
Middle distance runner; Olympian, Conservative politician and President, International Association of Athletics Federations
Sitter in 5 portraits
Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

Frederick Donald Coggan, Baron Coggan

1909-2000
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 11 portraits
William Congreve

William Congreve

1670-1729
Dramatist
Sitter in 18 portraits
James Cook

James Cook

1728-1779
Circumnavigator
Sitter associated with 15 portraits
Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper

1969-
Labour politician; MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and Shadow Home Secretary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius

1862-1934
Composer
Sitter in 18 portraits
Dame Judith Olivia ('Judi') Dench

Dame Judith Olivia ('Judi') Dench

1934-
Actress
Sitter in 13 portraits
Dame Margaret Drabble (Lady Holroyd)

Dame Margaret Drabble (Lady Holroyd)

1939-
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Jacob Epstein

Sir Jacob Epstein

1880-1959
Sculptor
Sitter in 68 portraits | Artist of 14 portraits
William Etty

William Etty

1787-1849
Painter
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

1570-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 7 portraits
Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding

1958-
Author
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Powell Frith

William Powell Frith

1819-1909
Painter
Sitter in 25 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett

1955-
Opera singer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

1891-1915
Sculptor and draughtsman
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist of 2 portraits
Andrew Charles ('Andy') Goldsworthy

Andrew Charles ('Andy') Goldsworthy

1956-
Artist, sculptor and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Antony Gormley

Sir Antony Gormley

1950-
Artist
Sitter in 3 portraits
William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond

William Jefferson Hague, Baron Hague of Richmond

1961-
Conservative politician; First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons
Sitter in 2 portraits
Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley

Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley

1932-
Politician, author and journalist
Sitter in 4 portraits
(John) Michael ('Mike') Hawthorn

(John) Michael ('Mike') Hawthorn

1929-1959
Racing driver
Sitter in 4 portraits
Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey

Denis Winston Healey, Baron Healey

1917-2015
Labour politician; Secretary of State for Defence and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sitter in 17 portraits
Dame Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth

1903-1975
Sculptor; second wife of Ben Nicholson
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Patrick Heron

Patrick Heron

1920-1999
Painter and art critic
Sitter in 14 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
David Hockney

David Hockney

1937-
Artist
Sitter in 48 portraits | Artist associated with 13 portraits
Frankie Howerd (Francis Alex Howard)

Frankie Howerd (Francis Alex Howard)

1922-1992
Comedian
Sitter in 10 portraits
Sir Fred Hoyle

Sir Fred Hoyle

1915-2001
Astrophysicist, mathematician and writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Edward James ('Ted') Hughes

Edward James ('Ted') Hughes

1930-1998
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 15 portraits
Sir Leonard ('Len') Hutton

Sir Leonard ('Len') Hutton

1916-1990
Cricketer
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Julius Caesar Ibbetson

Julius Caesar Ibbetson

1759-1817
Landscape painter
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Charles Sargeant Jagger

Charles Sargeant Jagger

1885-1934
Sculptor
Sitter in 2 portraits