portraitist

noun
por·​trait·​ist | \ˈpȯr-trə-tist, -ˌtrā-\

Definition of portraitist 

: a maker of portraits

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The dinner was held at Oswald’s, Robin Birley’s sublimely elegant new club (named for his grandfather, the famed portraitist, whose self-portrait hangs above the Louis Quinze welcome desk). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Gareth Pugh Brings Back Vogueing in Grand Style," 16 Sep. 2018 Lotto was christened the first modern portraitist in the 1890s by the American art historian Bernard Berenson, who compared Lotto’s expressive merchants and artisans with Titian’s more heroic emperors and popes. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Modern Portraitist, Ahead of His Time," 6 July 2018 The couple settled in Boston, where Lee became a portraitist and William a landscape painter. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Two Lives, One Passion' At Springfield Museums," 7 July 2018 Tripoli Patterson, of the Southampton gallery, said he was drawn to exhibit this year based in part on his friendship with Mr. Fishko and in part to promote the work of his younger brother, the rapper and emoji portraitist Yung Jake. Warren Strugatch, New York Times, "A Hamptons Art Fair Expands Its Footprint," 7 June 2018 The early American portraitist is perhaps most well-known for his unfinished portrait of George Washington. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, "Wickford Village worth seeking out," 15 May 2018 Madame Gautreau was humiliated, and the portraitist, the American painter John Singer Sargent, fled to England. Cath Pound, New York Times, "When the Old Masters Were the P.R. Agents of the Rich and Powerful," 14 Mar. 2018 But most portraitists active today, especially those navigating the world of commissions, are looking for their own version of beauty. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Does the Painted Portrait Stand a Chance In the Age of Social Media?," 19 Jan. 2018 Unlike Wiley, President Obama's portraitist, Amy Sherald, age 44, had been largely unknown. CBS News, "A portrait of artist Amy Sherald," 18 Feb. 2018

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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portraitist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of portraitist

: a person who paints or draws portraits

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