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Amongst the thousands of portraits from the Library’s Collections which are now available to view online, a selection is showcased in this section, with brief biographies of the ‘sitters’ in the images.

Explore the lives of notable Welsh individuals who have gained national and international recognition in the fields of:

  • music, art and literature
  • politics and history
  • religion
  • science and exploration
  • business and industry
  • and sport and entertainment

The Library’s images of Welsh local and folk characters are also an integral part of its Portrait Collection, and complete a visual reflection of Wales’ national history.