Antique Portrait Paintings

Before the era of widespread photography, portrait painting held a unique significance in art. To capture with accuracy and vitality the likeness of a living person was deemed a measure of the skill of an artist; to have your likeness painted allowed you to transcend time and be known to future generations. Portrait paintings remain exceptionally popular among collectors for these reasons: to look at one is to know, in some respect, an otherwise unknown individual.

Mayfair Gallery offers a large and impressive collection of portrait paintings, ranging from intimate portrait miniatures to large life-size paintings of royalty and nobility. Browse below to discover our collection in full and find your perfect piece.

See our full collection of antique paintings.

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  1. Portrait 18
  2. Figurative Art 11
  3. Old Master 4
  4. Royal / Monarchy 3
  5. Academic 2
  6. Biblical 2
  7. Classical 2
  8. Christian 1
  9. Floral 1
  10. History Painting 1
  11. Impressionist 1
  12. Landscape 1
  13. Orientalist 1
  14. Religious 1
  15. Romantic 1
  16. Russian Interest 1
Material
  1. Giltwood 10
  2. Oil on Canvas 6
  3. Porcelain 5
  4. Enamel 4
  5. Gold 3
  6. Ivory 3
  7. Brass 1
  8. Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) 1
  9. Velvet 1
Colour
  1. Multi-coloured 16
  2. Gold 12
  3. Pink 4
  4. Brown 2
  5. Red 2
  6. Blue 1
  7. Cream 1
  8. Purple 1
  9. White 1
Country Of Origin
  1. French 5
  2. English 4
  3. German 4
  4. Italian 2
  5. Austrian 1
  6. British 1
  7. Continental 1
  8. Russian 1
Period
  1. 19th Century 9
  2. Late 19th Century 4
  3. Early 20th Century 2
  4. 20th Century 2
  5. 18th Century and Earlier 1
Artist / Maker
  1. KPM, Konigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur (German, founded 1763) 4
  2. Forlenza, Eduardo (Italian, 1861-1934) 1
  3. Frère, Charles-Théodore (French, 1814-1888) 1
  4. Ivasenko, Anatolii (Russian, b. 1936) 1
  5. Leonardon, A. (European, active 19th Century) 1
  6. Willis, Charles (British, 1878-1963) 1
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