portraitist

noun
por·​trait·​ist | \ ˈpȯr-trə-tist How to pronounce portraitist (audio) , -ˌtrā- \

Definition of portraitist

: a maker of portraits

Examples of portraitist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shabazz scoured the neighborhood looking for stories to tell and established a reputation as a street portraitist, someone who turned a compassionate eye to his community, not just to highlight style and personality but also character. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Gunn is undoubtedly at his strongest as a poetic portraitist. Mark Ford, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 Dan Winters is a photographer and portraitist based in Austin, Texas. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Holbein was Henry VIII’s court painter, the best portraitist working in Tudor England, and a crony of Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More to boot. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Mar. 2022 The portraits, of Marten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit, painted in 1634, capture a married couple able to afford to commission the greatest portraitist of the era, and at the peak of his power. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2021 Picasso was a master portraitist, and the majority of his portraits were of women, and the majority of the women were his lovers, present, past, and even, in some cases, future. John Banville, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 Born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1979, Lawson is a combination of portraitist and fabulist, documentarian and storyteller. New York Times, 29 July 2021 Modigliani, a far more considerable portraitist than sophisticated taste nowadays will credit, created striking impressions of Jacob. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of portraitist

1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Portraitist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraitist. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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