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 Two of Hesselius’s most famous contemporaries are also represented in the collection: John Singleton Copley, a portraitist popular among wealthy colonists, and Gilbert Stuart, most famous for his portraits of George Washington. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Philadelphia Museum of Art Reimagines the City’s History," 2 Apr. 2021 Buck, an accomplished portraitist known for his work with celebrities and politicians, including four U.S. Presidents, elicits blinding candor from his subjects. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Romantic Partners of Exotic Dancers," 30 Mar. 2021 Prachakul then went to work in casting — an ideal job for a future portraitist, as she was paid to look at faces. New York Times, "A Breakout Portrait Artist Invested in Asian Representation," 3 Feb. 2021 Each one-of-a-kind work of art is made from a photo by pet portraitist MG Stout in San Francisco. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "23 unique gift ideas for that hard-to-shop-for person," 3 Dec. 2020 The portraitist, a woman from Paris, has to take a boat and then scale a rocky cliff, art supplies strapped to her back, to get to the house. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Designing Women," 1 Dec. 2020 Jason Wyman Wyman is a convener, activist, graphic designer and portraitist. Samantha Nobles-block, SFChronicle.com, "From disco balls to clotheslines, the objects Bay Area artists treasure right now," 8 Nov. 2020 The younger woman played the piano and was also an accomplished portraitist, and the duo painted together. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Redemption of Rosa Bonheur," 20 Oct. 2020 There Lange found patrons for a studio of her own and became a successful portraitist of the city’s élite. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Dorothea Lange and Félix Fénéon at MOMA, and Online," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of portraitist

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of portraitist was in 1857

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14 Apr 2021

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“Portraitist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portraitist. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of portraitist

: a person who paints or draws portraits

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