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William Bligh

William Bligh

1754-1817
Admiral and explorer; captain of the Bounty
Sitter in 5 portraits
Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom

1931-
Actress
Sitter in 18 portraits
Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow

1958-2007
Fashion journalist and editor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

1966-
Chef and restaurateur
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

1896-1974
Poet, writer and teacher
Sitter in 22 portraits
Lillian Board

Lillian Board

1948-1970
Sprinter; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ozwald Boateng

Ozwald Boateng

1967-
Fashion designer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Paul Boateng

Paul Boateng

1951-
Labour politician; MP for Brent South
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Dirk Bogarde

Sir Dirk Bogarde

1921-1999
Actor
Sitter in 10 portraits
David Bomberg

David Bomberg

1890-1957
Painter
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

1966-
Actress
Sitter in 6 portraits
William Booth

William Booth

1829-1912
Founder of the Salvation Army
Sitter in 39 portraits
Derek Boshier

Derek Boshier

1937-
Artist
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery

1961-1994
Performance artist
Sitter in 4 portraits
David Bowie

David Bowie

1947-2016
Singer, songwriter, performer and actor
Sitter in 19 portraits
Jane Bown

Jane Bown

1925-2014
Photographer
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 73 portraits
Katie Boyle (Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla)

Katie Boyle (Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla)

1926-2018
Television presenter, actress and columnist
Sitter in 13 portraits
Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle

1627-1691
Chemist and natural philosopher
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Joseph Bramah

Joseph Bramah

1748-1814
Inventor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Jo Brand

Jo Brand

1957-
Comedian and writer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt

1904-1983
Photographer
Sitter in 34 portraits | Artist of 120 portraits
Christopher Brasher

Christopher Brasher

1928-2003
Middle distance runner; Olympian and founder of the London Marathon, company chairman and journalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Randall Bratby

John Randall Bratby

1928-1992
Painter and writer; Editor-in-chief of Art Quarterly
Sitter in 24 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Sir Thomas Brock

Sir Thomas Brock

1847-1922
Sculptor
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits
Peter Stephen Paul Brook

Peter Stephen Paul Brook

1925-
Theatre and film producer; co-Director of The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Sitter in 12 portraits
Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

1953-
Actor
Sitter in 1 portrait
Capability Brown

Capability Brown

1716-1783
Landscape gardener
Sitter in 4 portraits
Robert Browning

Robert Browning

1812-1889
Poet; husband of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sitter in 53 portraits
Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

1806-1859
Civil engineer
Sitter in 13 portraits
Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

1769-1849
Civil engineer
Sitter in 10 portraits
Frank Bruno

Frank Bruno

1961-
Boxer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

Sir Francis Burdett, 5th Bt

1770-1844
Parliamentary reformer
Sitter associated with 123 portraits
Angela Burdett-Coutts, Baroness Burdett-Coutts

Angela Burdett-Coutts, Baroness Burdett-Coutts

1814-1906
Philanthropist; daughter of Sir Francis Burdett, Bt
Sitter in 19 portraits
Kathy Burke

Kathy Burke

1965-
Actress
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Burra

Edward Burra

1905-1976
Painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits
Sir Richard Francis Burton

Sir Richard Francis Burton

1821-1890
Explorer and writer
Sitter in 8 portraits
Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell

1969-
Ballet dancer
Sitter in 9 portraits
A.S. Byatt

A.S. Byatt

1936-
Novelist, critic and editor
Sitter in 8 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 36 portraits