from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Representing the whole figure; -- said of a picture or statue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Extending from end to end.
- Of full length; exhibiting the whole figure.
- n. A portrait or statue exhibiting the whole figure.
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My whole-length picture in the Vandyke taste, * that used to hang in my own parlour, as I was permitted to call it, I bequeath to my aunt Hervey, except my mother should think fit to keep it herself.
Your drawings and your pieces are all taken down; as is also your whole-length picture, in the Vandyke taste, from your late parlour: they are taken down, and thrown into your closet, which will be nailed up, as if it were not a part of the house, there to perish together: For who can bear to see them?
It was to be a whole-length in water-colours, like Mr. John Knightley's, and was destined, if she could please herself, to hold a very honourable station over the mantelpiece.
Then here is my last, "-- unclosing a pretty sketch of a gentleman in small size, whole-length --" my last and my best -- my brother,
There is a whole-length with a decorative head-dress, and a landscape background.
Again, there is a whole-length showing her about to descend some steps to a lawn, her superb shoulders and neck bare, and her hair highly bedecked with feathers.
The picture we give of her is from a whole-length by Gavin
The principal feature, or, rather mass of features, which enchain the beholder, is a whole-length portrait of a gentleman (_par excellence_) seated in a luxuriating, Whitechapel style of ease, the envy, we venture to affirm, of every omnibus cad and coachman, whose loiterings near this spot afford them occasional peeps at him.
 We may add that still fewer have seen the characteristic whole-length portrait of "_Harry_," _the waiter_, which has been placed over the fireplace, by subscription among the frequenters of the room.
We here conclude our notice of the bard of Woodbridge; and should this brief account excite the interest of our readers to become better acquainted with this "living author," we refer them to the whole-length portrait painted by himself, and held up to view in every page of his poems.