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British Officer Portrait

Portrait of A British Officer, traditionally identified as Leiutentant-General S
By Sir Thomas Lawrence
Located in Blackwater, GB
Portrait of A British Officer, traditionally identified as Leiutentant-General Sir John Moore (1761-1809), School of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830) Large early 19th Century Napole...
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19th Century Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Portrait Of A Senior British Military Officer, Identified as Charles Sackville,
By Sir Godfrey Kneller
Located in Blackwater, GB
Portrait Of A Senior British Military Officer, Identified as Charles Sackville, 6th Earl Of Dorset (1643-1706) circle of Sir Godfrey KNELLER Large 17th Century military portrait of...
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17th Century Portrait Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Marriage Portrait Of A British Military Officer & Wife, early 19th Century
Located in Blackwater, GB
Marriage Portrait Of A British Military Officer & Wife, early 19th Century English School circa 1840 Large 19th century English School marriage portrait of an Officer and his wife...
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19th Century Portrait Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

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Portrait of a British Officer in a Scarlet Uniform c.1805
By Sir William Beechey
Located in London, GB
This exquisite portrait bears testimony to the artist’s ability to convey not just a likeness but something of the character of the sitter – self-assured, but there is also a sense o...
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19th Century Old Masters Portrait Paintings

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Portrait of a Naval Officer - British 1920's art military portrait oil painting
By Jacob Kramer
Located in London, GB
This superb military portrait oil painting is by noted Russian born British artist Jacob Kramer. Painted circa 1920 the handsome young man is a British Naval officer dressed in his g...
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1920s Realist Portrait Paintings

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Portrait of a British Navy's Officer, Oil on Canvas 18th Century
Located in Milan, IT
Oil on canvas. Portrait of a young official of the British Navy from the late '700 who is wearing the typical "red coat"; The imptant honor, represented with a star with eight points...
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Late 18th Century Other Art Style Portrait Paintings

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Oil

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Finding the Right Portrait Paintings for You

An elegant and sophisticated decorative touch in any living space, portrait paintings have remained popular throughout the years and are widely loved pieces of art for display in many homes today.

Portrait paintings are at least as old as ancient Egypt, where realistic, lifelike depictions of the recently deceased — commonly known as “mummy portraits” — were painted on wooden panels and affixed to mummies as part of the burial tradition.

For centuries, painters have used portraiture as a means of expressing a subject’s nobility, societal status and authority. Portraits were given as gifts in Renaissance Europe, and a portrait artist might have been commissioned to help mark a significant occasion such as a wedding or a promotion to high office. Prior to the advent of photography, which eventually replaced painted portraits as a quicker and more efficient way of capturing a person’s essence, the subject of a portrait had to sit for hours until the painter had finished. And during the 18th century in particular, if an artist commissioned for a portrait struggled with how to adequately memorialize and capture a subject’s likeness, sometimes a portrait painting wasn’t completed for up to a year.

Whether it’s part of the gallery-style approach to your living-room or dining-room walls or merely inspiration as you devise an eye-grabbing color scheme in your home, a portrait painting is a timeless decorative object for any interior. A landscape painting or sculpture might give you the kind of insight into a specific region of the world or a different culture that you can ascertain only through art. Similarly, when you take the time to learn about the subject of a portrait painting that you bring into your home — the sitter’s history, the relationship between the sitter and the artist should one exist, the story of how the portrait came to be — that work can become intensely personal in addition to its place as an object for an art-hungry corner of your apartment or house.

On 1stDibs, visit a vast collection of famous portrait paintings or works by emerging artists. Search by medium to find the right portrait paintings for your home in oil paint, synthetic resin paint and more. Find portrait paintings in a variety of styles, too, including contemporary, Impressionist and Pop art, or search by artist to find unique works created by painters such as Mark Beard, Steve Kaufman and Montse Valdés.

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