Pastel Portraits From the 16th Century to the Present Day

John Russel - Portrait of a lady holding a book
John Russell

At the British National Portrait Gallery website, among the 160,000 portraits, you can find over 100 pastel portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.  Search the collections here with the keyword pastel.
The same gallery is organizing the BP Portrait Award 2010 with the first prize of £25,000. But they get a big thumb down for the following rule:
“The work entered must be predominantly painted in oil, tempera or acrylic and must be on a stretcher or board, preferably framed and unglazed. No watercolours, works on paper or pastels will be considered.”

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