The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Search the Collection

5962 people matching these criteria:

- role matching 'sitter'
- profession 'Literature, Journalism and Publishing'

Michael Abbensetts

Michael Abbensetts

1938-2016
Playwright and television screenwriter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Arthur William à Beckett

Arthur William à Beckett

1844-1909
Humorist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lascelles Abercrombie

Lascelles Abercrombie

1881-1938
Poet and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits
Nigel James Abercrombie

Nigel James Abercrombie

1908-1986
Freelance writer and Professor of French
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edmond François Valentin About

Edmond François Valentin About

1828-1885
Novelist, publicist and journalist
Sitter in 3 portraits
James Johnston Abraham

James Johnston Abraham

1876-1963
Surgeon and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
Gerald Abrahams

Gerald Abrahams

1907-1980
Barrister, lecturer and author
Sitter in 6 portraits
Dannie Abse

Dannie Abse

1923-2014
Poet; doctor; author and playwright
Sitter in 3 portraits
Leo Abse

Leo Abse

1917-2008
Lawyer, writer and Labour politician; MP for Pontypool and Torfaen
Sitter in 11 portraits
Kathy Acker (née Lehman)

Kathy Acker (née Lehman)

1944?-1997
Writer and performance artist
Sitter in 2 portraits
J.R. Ackerley

J.R. Ackerley

1896-1967
Writer and editor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Rudolph Ackermann

Rudolph Ackermann

1764-1834
Publisher
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 95 portraits
Rodney Ackland

Rodney Ackland

1908-1991
Actor and playwright
Sitter in 16 portraits
Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd

1949-
Novelist, biographer and critic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Harold Acton

Harold Acton

1904-1994
Author
Sitter in 5 portraits
Alexander Adam

Alexander Adam

1741-1809
Rector of High School in Edinburgh; writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charles Francis Adams Sr

Charles Francis Adams Sr

1807-1886
Lawyer, politician, diplomat and writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

1952-2001
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Richard Adams

Richard Adams

1920-2016
Novelist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sarah Flower Adams

Sarah Flower Adams

1805-1848
Poet and hymn writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Adams

William Adams

1814-1848
Church of England clergyman and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Davenport Adams

William Davenport Adams

1851-1904
Journalist and compiler of reference works
Sitter in 1 portrait
Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock

1934-
Poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
(Arthur) St John Adcock

(Arthur) St John Adcock

1864-1930
Literary critic
Sitter in 2 portraits
Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison

1672-1719
Essayist and poet
Sitter in 24 portraits
William Addy

William Addy

baptised 1618?-1695?
Stenographer and writing-master
Sitter in 3 portraits
Kate Adie

Kate Adie

1945-
Chief News Correspondent, BBC; Writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Willett Lawrence Adye

Willett Lawrence Adye

1818-1878
Landowner, biblical scholar, musicologist and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Herbert Sebastian Agar

Herbert Sebastian Agar

1897-1980
Author and publisher
Sitter in 15 portraits
John Agard

John Agard

1949-
Poet, playwright, performer and anthologist
Sitter in 1 portrait
James Evershed Agate

James Evershed Agate

1877-1947
Drama critic
Sitter in 21 portraits
Sir George William Agnew, 2nd Bt

Sir George William Agnew, 2nd Bt

1852-1941
Art publisher
Sitter in 1 portrait
Robert Fordyce Aickman

Robert Fordyce Aickman

1914-1981
Short-story writer, editor, author, novelist
Sitter in 4 portraits
(Charles) Hamilton Aidé

(Charles) Hamilton Aidé

1826-1906
Novelist and poet
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Aikin

John Aikin

1747-1822
Physician and author
Sitter in 3 portraits
Alfred Ainger

Alfred Ainger

1837-1904
Writer, humorist and divine
Sitter in 2 portraits
Harrison Ainsworth

Harrison Ainsworth

1888-1965
Newspaper editor
Sitter associated with 8 portraits

Get Creative

Develop your art skills

Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

Improve your skills

Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

Watch the video

Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

Improve your technique