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The appearance of pets and animals in portraits can give clues to a sitter's lifestyle or social status. Sometimes they are used by the artist or the sitter as accessories, fashion statements or to add interest to a composition. Their appearance can also serve as a symbolic reference. A selection of images that depict real pets and animals or representations of animals. See also: 'Shells and fossils', 'Transport and vehicles - Animals' (Accessory), 'Fur accessories' (Dress) and 'Taxidermy' (Theme)

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The Family of Sir Robert Vyner, by John Michael Wright - NPG 5568

The Family of Sir Robert Vyner

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, 1673
NPG 5568

Unknown woman, formerly known as Nell Gwyn, studio of Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3976

Unknown woman, formerly known as Nell Gwyn

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1675
NPG 3976

Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory, studio of Sir Peter Lely - NPG 371

Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1678
NPG 371

Nell Gwyn, by Gerard Valck, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3811

Nell Gwyn

by Gerard Valck, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving
NPG 3811

The Shudi Family Group, by Marcus Tuscher - NPG 5776

The Shudi Family Group

by Marcus Tuscher
oil on canvas, circa 1742
NPG 5776

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, studio of David Morier - NPG 537

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland

studio of David Morier
oil on canvas, 1749-1770, based on a work of circa 1748-1749
NPG 537