American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who makes portraits, especially a painter or photographer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A maker of portraits; a portrait-painter; one who devotes his attention particularly to portraits, as a photographer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. rare A portrait painter.
- n. a painter or drawer of portraits
“His brother Jean was known as a portraitist of great ability.”
“Hans Holbein, a German painter, came to England in 1526 to make his fortune as a portraitist.”
“Long before apps like Hipstamatic made anyone with a smartphone a self-styled retro portraitist, folk produced their artsy pics the old-fashioned way: with a Polaroid.”
“Other artists include expressionist portraitist Chantal Joffe, taxidermy specialist Polly Morgan, designer Pam Hogg pictured and Marcus Harvey, best-known for that tabloid-shocker painting of Myra Hindley, realised with children's hand-prints.”
“Hambling, the portraitist and sculptor, will join James Lloyd, a former winner of the BP Portrait award, painter Emrys Williams and Royal Academician Chris Orr, along with the writers Pullman and Willy Russell, in a sale of original images, all donated to promote the cause of drawing.”
“Alice Neel, a great American portraitist who died in 1984, fits this description to a T.”
“He has pieced together a portrait of the portraitist from stories told by nearly 100 of the photographer's friends, relatives, lovers, and business associates.”
“Charles Churchwood, the author of the new book, is the former design director of Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines, two of Ritts's most important showcases, and he has pieced together a portrait of the portraitist from stories told by nearly 100 of the photographer's friends, relatives, lovers, and business associates.”
“Top lot in the sale will be a delicate painting of Anne, Viscountess Pollington, in a white dress with a rose at the bodice, playing with her son, John Charles, by fashionable 19th-century portraitist Sir Thomas Lawrence estimate: £300,000-£500,000.”
“Primarily a genre painter and portraitist, Hals was able to make his figures seem about to burst from the canvas; a habitual "arm over the back of the chair" pose enhanced the effect.”
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