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10756 people matching these criteria:

- role matching 'sitter'
- profession 'Politics, Government and Diplomacy'

Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott

1953-
Labour politician; MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Sitter in 4 portraits
George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen

1784-1860
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 57 portraits
Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

1948-
Politician; President of Sinn Féin
Sitter in 1 portrait
Konrad Adenauer

Konrad Adenauer

1876-1967
Federal German Chancellor
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Adam Afriyie

1965-
Conservative politician; MP for Windsor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jonathan William Patrick Aitken

Jonathan William Patrick Aitken

1942-
Company director, politician and newspaper columnist and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle

George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle

1608-1670
Soldier and statesman
Sitter associated with 49 portraits
Douglas Garven Alexander

Douglas Garven Alexander

1967-
Politician; MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary
Sitter in 1 portrait
Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali

1943-
Student activist; writer and film producer
Sitter in 3 portraits
David Patrick Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool

David Patrick Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool

1951-
Politician; Liberal Chief Whip
Sitter in 1 portrait
Derick Heathcoat Amory, 1st Viscount Amory

Derick Heathcoat Amory, 1st Viscount Amory

1899-1981
Industrialist, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sitter in 13 portraits
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos of Brondesbury

Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos of Brondesbury

1954-
Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission; Government Whip, House of Lords
Sitter in 2 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
Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

1916-2000
Administrator and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir George Anson

Sir George Anson

1769-1849
General and politician; MP for Lichfield
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare

Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare

1940-
Politician, author and playwright
Sitter in 2 portraits
Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster

Robert Armstrong, Baron Armstrong of Ilminster

1927-
Secretary of the Cabinet and Head of Home Civil Service
Sitter in 2 portraits
Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold

1822-1888
Poet, writer and inspector of schools
Sitter in 18 portraits
Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

1850-1942
Field Marshal, Governor General of Canada; son of Queen Victoria
Sitter associated with 158 portraits
Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield

1874-1948
Chairman of London Passenger Transport Board
Sitter in 15 portraits
Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke

Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke

1922-2012
Labour politician; MP for Stoke-on-Trent
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Frederick Ashton

Sir Frederick Ashton

1904-1988
Founder-choreographer and Director of the Royal Ballet
Sitter in 31 portraits
(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

1887-1969
President of the Liberal Party Organisation; wife of Sir Maurice Bonham Carter; daughter of Herbert Asquith
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

1879-1964
Conservative politician; MP for Plymouth Sutton; former wife of R.G. Shaw, and later wife of 2nd Viscount Astor; daughter of Chiswell Dabney Langhorne
Sitter in 39 portraits
Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee

1883-1967
Prime Minister
Sitter in 49 portraits
John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

1834-1913
Banker, scientist, writer and politician; MP for Maidstone and London University
Sitter in 24 portraits
Eric Reginald Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury

Eric Reginald Lubbock, 4th Baron Avebury

1928-2016
Human rights campaigner and Liberal politician; MP for Orpington
Sitter in 2 portraits
Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon

1897-1977
Prime Minister
Sitter in 44 portraits
Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford

Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford

1647?-1719
Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir Nicholas Bacon

Sir Nicholas Bacon

1510-1579
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal
Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Sir Abe Bailey, 1st Bt

Sir Abe Bailey, 1st Bt

1864-1940
Diamond magnate, politician, financier and cricketer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Kenneth Wilfred Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking

Kenneth Wilfred Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking

1934-
Conservative politician; Home Secretary
Sitter in 2 portraits
Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell

1933-
Broadcaster, writer and life peer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Stanley Baldwin

Stanley Baldwin

1867-1947
Prime Minister
Sitter in 76 portraits
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 137 portraits
John de Baliol

John de Baliol

died 1269
Royal counsellor, founder of Balliol College, Oxford; husband of Dervorguilla of Galloway
Sitter in 3 portraits
Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley

1926-2014
Politician; First Minister of Northern Ireland and religious leader
Sitter in 5 portraits
Anthony Perrinott Lysberg Barber, Baron Barber of Wentbridge

Anthony Perrinott Lysberg Barber, Baron Barber of Wentbridge

1920-2005
Chancellor of the Exchequer; Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank
Sitter in 24 portraits
Brendan Paul Barber

Brendan Paul Barber

1951-
General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
Sitter in 2 portraits
Michael Thomas Bass

Michael Thomas Bass

1799-1884
Brewer and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait
Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea

Cyril Flower, 1st Baron Battersea

1843-1907
Liberal politician and patron of art
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 116 portraits
Thomas Miller Beach

Thomas Miller Beach

1841-1894
Government spy, known as 'Major Le Caron'
Sitter in 5 portraits
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

1804-1881
Prime Minister and novelist
Sitter associated with 110 portraits
William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

1879-1964
Statesman and newspaper proprietor
Sitter in 21 portraits
Dame Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson)

Dame Margaret Mary Beckett (née Jackson)

1943-
Labour politician; Foreign Secretary and MP for Derby South and Lincoln
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

1616-1700
Soldier and Privy Counsellor
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford

Francis Russell, 5th Duke of Bedford

1765-1802
Whig politician and agriculturist
Sitter associated with 38 portraits
John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford

1766-1839
Landowner; Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland
Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford

Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford

1593-1641
Politician; commissioned the building of of Covent Garden piazza and the church of St Paul's
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching

Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching

1913-1985
Chairman of British Railways Board, 1963-1965
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Bt

Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Bt

1903-1994
Politician, philanthropist and art collector
Sitter in 6 portraits
John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

John Belasyse (Bellasis), 1st Baron Belasyse of Worlaby

circa 1615-1689
Royalist army officer and politician: MP for Thirsk
Sitter in 7 portraits
Martin Bell

Martin Bell

1938-
Foreign affairs correspondent and politician
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Bellingham

John Bellingham

1770-1812
Assassin of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
Sitter in 4 portraits
Peter Benenson

Peter Benenson

1924-2005
Founder of Amnesty International
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

David Ben-Gurion

1886-1973
First Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Israel
Sitter in 2 portraits
Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn

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

Tony Benn

1925-2014
Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party
Sitter in 26 portraits
Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

1909-1997
Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits