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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

John Ellis (1789-1862), Railway promoter

Portraits in Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue | Other NPG portraits

The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840

by Benjamin Robert Haydon
1841
NPG 599

All known portraits

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Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

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Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

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