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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 135 portraits
William (Thomas) Beckford

William (Thomas) Beckford

1760-1844
Writer, collector and eccentric dilettante
Sitter in 2 portraits
Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell

1868-1926
Traveller, spy and archaeologist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

1909-1997
Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Annie Besant (née Wood)

Annie Besant (née Wood)

1847-1933
Socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule
Sitter in 4 portraits
Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon

1869-1943
Poet and art historian
Sitter in 18 portraits
Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle

1627-1691
Chemist and natural philosopher
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs

Asa Briggs, Baron Briggs

1921-2016
Historian
Sitter in 6 portraits
Anita Brookner

Anita Brookner

1928-2016
Novelist and art historian
Sitter in 5 portraits
Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

1795-1881
Historian and essayist
Sitter associated with 83 portraits
Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter

1844-1929
Writer on social subjects
Sitter in 8 portraits
Lord David Cecil

Lord David Cecil

1902-1986
Scholar, teacher and writer
Sitter in 74 portraits
Marie Curie

Marie Curie

1867-1934
Physicist and chemist; Nobel Prize winner
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple

1965-
Historian
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

Sir Humphry Davy, Bt

1778-1829
Natural philosopher
Sitter in 20 portraits
René Descartes

René Descartes

1596-1650
French philosopher and mathematician
Sitter in 10 portraits
Arnold Dolmetsch

Arnold Dolmetsch

1858-1940
Musician and historian of music
Sitter in 12 portraits
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882
American poet and philosopher
Sitter in 8 portraits
Desiderius Erasmus

Desiderius Erasmus

1466?-1536
Dutch humanist
Sitter in 16 portraits
Dennis Gabor (né Günszberg) (Dénes Gábor)

Dennis Gabor (né Günszberg) (Dénes Gábor)

1900-1979
Electronics engineer and humanist
Sitter in 5 portraits