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James Burnett, Lord Monboddo

James Burnett, Lord Monboddo

1714-1799
Judge and philosopher
Sitter in 10 portraits
George Morison

George Morison

1757-1845
Church of Scotland minister
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith

1889-1971
Administrator; first Director-General of the BBC
Sitter in 42 portraits
Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, 6th Duke of Lennox and 1st Duke of Gordon

Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, 6th Duke of Lennox and 1st Duke of Gordon

1818-1903
President of the Board of Trade, landowner and Conservative politician; MP for Sussex West
Sitter in 24 portraits
Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor Roger

Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor Roger

1878-1961
Businessman and public servant
Sitter in 3 portraits
Dame Alison Saunders

Dame Alison Saunders

1961-
Barrister and Director of Public Prosecutions
Sitter in 1 portrait
Mrs Simpson

Mrs Simpson

active 1854
Sitter in 1 portrait
Mr Simpson

Mr Simpson

active 1854
Gardener at Balmoral
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Robert Workman Smith

Sir Robert Workman Smith

1880-1957
Politician; MP for Aberdeenshire Central
Sitter in 4 portraits
John Stirling

John Stirling

1828-1874
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait
Gladys Taylor

Gladys Taylor

1890-1950
Matron-in-chief of RAF Nursing Service; daughter of Alfred Taylor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Colin Norman Thornton-Kemsley

Sir Colin Norman Thornton-Kemsley

1903-1977
Politician; Chairman of the National Liberal Party
Sitter in 14 portraits
Lady Olivia Trevor (née Sinclair)

Lady Olivia Trevor (née Sinclair)

1894-1973
Wife of Stephen Lloyd Trevor; daughter of 18th Earl of Caithness
Sitter in 3 portraits
Priscilla Jean Fortescue Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie

Priscilla Jean Fortescue Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie

1915-1978
Politician; wife of 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir
Sitter in 31 portraits
Hon. Charlotte Margaret Lothian Walrond (née Coats, later Adams)

Hon. Charlotte Margaret Lothian Walrond (née Coats, later Adams)

1881-1966
Former wife of Hon. William Lionel Charles Walrond, and later wife of H.W.A. Adams; daughter of 1st Baron Glentanar
Sitter in 4 portraits
(Lilian) Maud Glen (née Coats), Duchess of Wellington

(Lilian) Maud Glen (née Coats), Duchess of Wellington

1885-1946
Wife of 5th Duke of Wellington; daughter of 1st Baron Glentanar
Sitter in 16 portraits
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Patrick Wolrige-Gordon

1935-2002
Politician; MP for East Aberdeenshire
Sitter in 1 portrait

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

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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