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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.
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