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Cecil Day-Lewis

Cecil Day-Lewis

1904-1972
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 54 portraits
Devorguila de Baliol

Devorguila de Baliol

died 1290
Co-founder of Balliol College, Oxford; wife of John de Baliol; mother of John I of Scotland
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Robert Dudley

Sir Robert Dudley

1574-1649
Mariner and landowner
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Jacqueline du Pré

Jacqueline du Pré

1945-1987
Cellist
Sitter in 16 portraits
King Edward

King Edward

circa 1003-1066
Known as 'The Confessor', reigned 1043-66
Sitter in 8 portraits
Edward, Prince of Wales

Edward, Prince of Wales

1330-1376
Known as 'The Black Prince'; son of Edward III
Sitter in 15 portraits
Richard Foxe

Richard Foxe

circa 1446-1528
Bishop and statesman
Sitter in 12 portraits
Grinling Gibbons

Grinling Gibbons

1648-1721
Woodcarver and sculptor
Sitter in 10 portraits
James Gibbs

James Gibbs

1682-1754
Architect
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait
Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert

Elizabeth Margaretta Maria Gilbert

1826-1885
Campaigner for blind people
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

1880-1960
Architect; grandson of Sir George Gilbert Scott
Sitter in 19 portraits
Gary Glitter

Gary Glitter

1944-
Singer and performer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield

Susan Greenfield, Baroness Greenfield

1950-
Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Christopher Hatton

Sir Christopher Hatton

circa 1540-1591
Lord Chancellor
Sitter in 12 portraits
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

1942-2018
Theoretical Physicist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney

1939-2013
Poet and Nobel Prize winner
Sitter in 24 portraits
Tim Henman

Tim Henman

1974-
Tennis player; Olympian
Sitter in 1 portrait
King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII

1491-1547
Reigned 1509-47
Sitter associated with 98 portraits
Richard Hillary

Richard Hillary

1919-1943
Spitfire pilot; author of 'The Last Enemy'
Sitter in 1 portrait