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519 people matching these criteria:

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- profession 'Travel and Exploration'

Sir George Clarke Simpson

Sir George Clarke Simpson

1878-1965
Meteorologist; member of British Antarctic Expedition
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
Thomas Simpson

Thomas Simpson

1808-1840
Arctic explorer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Keith Macpherson Smith

Sir Keith Macpherson Smith

1890-1955
Aviator
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Sir Llewellyn Thomas Gordon Soulsby

1885-1966
Naval architect
Sitter in 3 portraits
John Hanning Speke

John Hanning Speke

1827-1864
Explorer in Africa
Sitter in 6 portraits
Lord Henry John Spencer

Lord Henry John Spencer

1770-1795
Diplomatist and 2nd son of 4th Duke of Marlborough
Sitter in 2 portraits
No individual image available for this person

George Charles Spencer

1903-1982
Soldier and sailor; third son of 6th Earl Spencer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Michael Alfred Spender

Michael Alfred Spender

1906-1945
Scientist and explorer
Sitter in 1 portrait
George Spilman

George Spilman

German circumnavigator
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
William Grant Stairs

William Grant Stairs

1863-1892
Army officer and traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

1776-1839
Traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Henry Morton Stanley

Sir Henry Morton Stanley

1841-1904
Explorer and journalist
Sitter in 41 portraits
Dame Freya Madeline Stark

Dame Freya Madeline Stark

1893-1993
Traveller and writer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir George Thomas Staunton, 2nd Bt

Sir George Thomas Staunton, 2nd Bt

1781-1859
Traveller, orientalist and politician: MP for Mitchell, Hampshire South and Portsmouth
Sitter in 3 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Vilhjalmur Stefansson

1879-1962
Arctic explorer and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir (Marc) Aurel Stein

Sir (Marc) Aurel Stein

1862-1943
Scholar, explorer and archaeologist
Sitter in 12 portraits
Cuthbert Matthias Kenworthy, 9th Baron Strabolgi

Cuthbert Matthias Kenworthy, 9th Baron Strabolgi

1853-1934
Traveller
Sitter in 6 portraits
James Stuart

James Stuart

1728?-1844
Seaman, minstrel, centenarian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Samuel Sturmy

Samuel Sturmy

1633-1669
Writer on Seamanship
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alexandrina Sturt (née Sale)

Alexandrina Sturt (née Sale)

active 1841
Taken hostage by Akbar Khan after the massacre in the Khurd Kabul Pass
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Swan

John Swan

died circa 1782
Irish traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Swinburne

Henry Swinburne

1743-1803
Traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Christopher Hugh Sykes

Christopher Hugh Sykes

1907-1986
Writer and traveller
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Bt

Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Bt

1879-1919
Soldier, traveller and Conservative politician; MP for Hull Central
Sitter in 1 portrait
James Talbot, 4th Baron Talbot de Malahide

James Talbot, 4th Baron Talbot de Malahide

1805-1883
President of the Archaeological Society and Liberal politician; MP for Athlone
Sitter in 4 portraits
(Thomas) Griffith Taylor

(Thomas) Griffith Taylor

1880-1963
Geologist; member of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Sidney Berald Taylor

1900-1960
Chief Secretary, British Transport Commission
Sitter in 1 portrait
George Lee Temple

George Lee Temple

1892-1914
Aviator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir James Emerson Tennent, 1st Bt

Sir James Emerson Tennent, 1st Bt

1804-1869
Politician, traveller and author
Sitter in 9 portraits
Edward Terry

Edward Terry

1590-1660
Travel writer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger

Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger

1910-2003
Explorer; writer
Sitter in 7 portraits
Ralph Thoresby

Ralph Thoresby

1658-1725
Antiquary and topographer
Sitter in 3 portraits
Anne Jane Thornton

Anne Jane Thornton

1817-1877
Sailor and cross-dresser
Sitter in 1 portrait
Colin Gerald Dryden Thubron

Colin Gerald Dryden Thubron

1939-
Travel writer and novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Fam Timmins

John Fam Timmins

active 1804
Commander of the East India Company's ship 'Royal George'
Sitter in 2 portraits
John Tradescant the Elder

John Tradescant the Elder

circa 1570-1638
Traveller, naturalist and gardener
Sitter in 8 portraits
Edward John Trelawny

Edward John Trelawny

1792-1881
Writer and adventurer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Freidrich, Baron von der Trenck

Freidrich, Baron von der Trenck

1726-1794
German adventurer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Henry Trotter, 11th of Mortonhall and 2nd of Charterhall

Sir Henry Trotter, 11th of Mortonhall and 2nd of Charterhall

1844-1905
Soldier, explorer and diplomat
Sitter in 2 portraits
Francis Ellis Tucker

Francis Ellis Tucker

1844-1921
Civil servant and traveller
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Tracy Turnerelli

Edward Tracy Turnerelli

1813-1896
Traveller in Russia and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Eva Caroline Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

Eva Caroline Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

1873-1963
Missionary; daughter of Hon. Ivo de Vesci Edward Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

1944-
Explorer
Sitter associated with 20 portraits
Richard Twiss

Richard Twiss

1747-1821
Travel writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
François Le Vailliant

François Le Vailliant

1753-1824
French scientist, traveller and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Arminius Vámbéry

Arminius Vámbéry

1832-1913
Orientalist and traveller
Sitter in 2 portraits
George Vancouver

George Vancouver

1757-1798
Explorer
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

1884-1970
American railroad executive; yachtsman
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Laurens Jans van der Post

Sir Laurens Jans van der Post

1906-1996
Writer, farmer, explorer and conservationist
Sitter in 12 portraits
Oliver van Noort

Oliver van Noort

1558-1627
Dutch circumnavigator
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Henry Vansittart

Henry Vansittart

1756-1786
Orientalist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Bt

Sir Harry Verney, 2nd Bt

1801-1894
Soldier, traveller and Liberal politician; MP for Buckingham and Bedford
Sitter in 5 portraits
Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney

Constantin François Chasseboeuf, comte de Volney

1757-1820
Traveller and author
Sitter in 1 portrait
Laurence Austine Waddell

Laurence Austine Waddell

1854-1938
Soldier, explorer and writer on ancient civilisations
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Waghorn

Thomas Waghorn

1800-1850
Pioneer of the overland route to India
Sitter in 3 portraits
Jean Frédéric Maximilien de Waldeck

Jean Frédéric Maximilien de Waldeck

1766-1875
Antiquarian, cartographer, artist and explorer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Prince Waldemar of Denmark

Prince Waldemar of Denmark

1858-1939
Naval officer; son of Christian IX, King of Denmark; brother of Queen Alexandra
Sitter in 11 portraits
Ralph Walker

Ralph Walker

1749-1824
Sailor, inventor and engineer
Sitter in 3 portraits

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