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Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold)

Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold)

1851-1920
Novelist, philanthropist and political lobbyist; wife of (Thomas) Humphry Ward
Sitter in 32 portraits
Samuel Wilson Warneford

Samuel Wilson Warneford

1762-1855
Philanthropist
Sitter in 2 portraits
Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

Frances Evelyn ('Daisy') Greville (née Maynard), Countess of Warwick

1861-1938
Society beauty and socialist writer; wife of 5th Earl of Warwick
Sitter associated with 42 portraits
Louisa Anne Beresford

Louisa Anne Beresford

1818-1891
Watercolour painter and philanthropist
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist associated with 74 portraits
Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, 1st Bt

Sir Sydney Hedley Waterlow, 1st Bt

1822-1906
Printer; politician, philanthropist and Lord Mayor of London
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir John Mathewson Watson

Sir John Mathewson Watson

1871-1942
Justice of the Peace, Alderman and Magistrate; Chairman of White Heather Fund and Home for Blind Children at Old Colwyn
Sitter in 1 portrait
Joshua Watson

Joshua Watson

1771-1855
Philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Benjamin Waugh

Benjamin Waugh

1839-1908
Philanthropist
Sitter in 4 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Alexandra (née Cancrin), Lady Weardale (formerly Countess Tolstoy)

died 1934
Vice-President of Save the Children Fund; former wife of Count Mathieu Ivanovitch Tolstoy, and later wife of 1st Baron Weardale; daughter of Count von Cancrine
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Richard Davis Webb

Richard Davis Webb

1805-1872
Irish publisher and slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Georgina Weldon (née Thomas)

Georgina Weldon (née Thomas)

1837-1914
Campaigner against the lunacy laws and celebrated litigant
Sitter in 1 portrait
Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster

1767-1845
Patron of art and the turf
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Dame Agnes Elizabeth Weston

Dame Agnes Elizabeth Weston

1840-1918
Organiser of 'Sailors' Rests'
Sitter in 1 portrait
Simon Weston

Simon Weston

1961-
Falkland's War veteran, writer and charity supporter; Co-founder of 'The Weston Spirit' charity
Sitter in 2 portraits
Samuel Wheeler

Samuel Wheeler

1776-1858
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
John Mickle Whitall

John Mickle Whitall

1800-1877
Sea captain, businessman and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Hon. Sybil Mary Whitamore (née Borthwick)

Hon. Sybil Mary Whitamore (née Borthwick)

1885-1977
President of the Women's Liberal Federation (1955); wife of Vernon Whitamore; daughter of Sir Thomas Borthwick
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Thomas White

Sir Thomas White

1495-1567
Lord Mayor of London and founder of St John's College, Oxford
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir James Whitehead, 1st Bt

Sir James Whitehead, 1st Bt

1834-1917
Merchant, philanthropist, Lord Mayor of London 1889
Sitter in 7 portraits
James Whitehorne

James Whitehorne

1793-1874
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Erik Wickberg

Erik Wickberg

1904-1996
General of the Salvation Army
Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Margarete Dietrich Wickberg

Margarete Dietrich Wickberg

1909-1976
Salvation Army Nurses Fellowship President; wife of Erik Wickberg, Salvation Army General
Sitter in 7 portraits
Beatrix Frances Gertrude (née Herbert), Countess of Wicklow

Beatrix Frances Gertrude (née Herbert), Countess of Wicklow

1878-1957
President of The Children's Union; former wife of Sir Nevile Rodwell Wilkinson, and later wife of 7th Earl of Wicklow; daughter of 14th Earl of Pembroke
Sitter in 9 portraits
Eleanor (née Watts), Lady Wigram

Eleanor (née Watts), Lady Wigram

1767-1841
Philanthropist; second wife of Sir Robert Wigram
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

1759-1833
Philanthropist and reformer
Sitter associated with 33 portraits
Peter Wildeblood

Peter Wildeblood

1923-1999
Journalist and campaigner for homosexual law reform
Sitter in 1 portrait
Betty Wilké

Betty Wilké

born 1888
Leader of YWCA and pioneer of mixed clubs
Sitter in 2 portraits
Frances Elizabeth Willard

Frances Elizabeth Willard

1839-1898
Social activist and suffragist
Sitter in 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Sir (Zwinglius) Frank Willis

1890-1974
General Secretary of National Council of YMCAs
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir (William James) Erasmus Wilson

Sir (William James) Erasmus Wilson

1809-1884
Dermatologist and benefactor
Sitter in 3 portraits
Helen Mary Wilson

Helen Mary Wilson

1864-1951
Physician and social campaigner
Sitter in 1 portrait
William Wilson

William Wilson

active 1840
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Winnaretta (née Singer), Princess Edmond de Polignac

Winnaretta (née Singer), Princess Edmond de Polignac

1865-1943
Daughter of Isaac Singer; patron of arts and hostess
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ella Winter

Ella Winter

1898-1980
Journalist and activist
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Henry Wills, 1st Baron Winterstoke

William Henry Wills, 1st Baron Winterstoke

1830-1911
Tobacco manufacturer and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Nicholas George Winton

Sir Nicholas George Winton

1909-2015
Banker and humanitarian, led the Czech Kindertransport mission; centenarian
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Maurice Wohl

1917-2007
Businessman and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Bt

Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Bt

1897-1991
Businessman and philanthropist
Sitter in 12 portraits
William Woodall

William Woodall

1832-1901
Politician; MP and philanthropist
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Woodmark

John Woodmark

active 1840
Slavery abolitionist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Hon. Marie Immaculée Antoinette Woodruff (née Lyon-Dalberg-Acton)

Hon. Marie Immaculée Antoinette Woodruff (née Lyon-Dalberg-Acton)

1905-1994
President of Catholic Women's League; wife of (John) Douglas Woodruff, daughter of 2nd Baron Acton
Sitter in 9 portraits
Raga Woods (née Tessa Fothergill)

Raga Woods (née Tessa Fothergill)

1941-
Founder of the charity Gingerbread
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edith Woodworth

Edith Woodworth

active 1871-1899
Actress, producer and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
James Buchanan, 1st Baron Woolavington

James Buchanan, 1st Baron Woolavington

1849-1935
Philanthropist and racehorse owner
Sitter in 9 portraits
Barbara Frances (née Adam), Baroness Wootton of Abinger

Barbara Frances (née Adam), Baroness Wootton of Abinger

1897-1988
Professor of social studies and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anne Wright

Anne Wright

1929-
Founder Trustee, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF); wife of Robert Hamilton Wright
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Wright

Thomas Wright

1789-1875
Prison philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Arthur Wrottesley, 3rd Baron Wrottesley

Arthur Wrottesley, 3rd Baron Wrottesley

1824-1910
Philanthropist, Lord-Lieutenant, Staffordshire and landowner
Sitter in 4 portraits
Mary Wyan (Mary Ellen Taylor)

Mary Wyan (Mary Ellen Taylor)

1864-1914
Suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Wykeham

William Wykeham

1324-1404
Bishop of Winchester and founder of New College, Oxford
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Alexander Wylie

Alexander Wylie

1839-1921
Politician, philanthropist, writer and turkey-red dyer and calico printer
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Ralph Charles Yablon

1906-1984
Solicitor, philanthropist and founder member of Westminster Synagogue
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Sir Arthur Yapp

1869-1936
Deputy President of the YMCA
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Robert Young

Sir Robert Young

1872-1957
Politician and trade unionist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

1997-
Activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Sitter in 3 portraits
Eleanora Anna French (née Selby-Lowndes), Countess of Ypres

Eleanora Anna French (née Selby-Lowndes), Countess of Ypres

died 1941
War-worker and president of the Queen Alexandra’s Field Force Fund; wife of 1st Earl of Ypres
Sitter in 5 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Israel Arnold Ziff

1927-2004
Businessman and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait

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