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portraiture

[pawr-tri-cher, pohr-] /ˈpɔr trɪ tʃər, ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
the art or an instance of making portraits.
2.
a pictorial representation; portrait.
3.
a verbal picture.
Origin of portraiture
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French; see portrait, -ure
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  • In this country he came into friendly relations with Van Dyck, whom he took as his model in the art of portraiture.

  • Vandyke, Reynolds, Titian—he deemed these the great triumvirate of portraiture.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • Despairing of the May-fly, as it still may be despaired of, Pike came down to the river with his master-piece of portraiture.

    Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore
  • He was recognised as being, in a certain style of portraiture, second to Lawrence only.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
  • Imperfect as this portraiture must necessarily be, there is one conciliatory thought.

British Dictionary definitions for portraiture

portraiture

/ˈpɔːtrɪtʃə/
noun
1.
the practice or art of making portraits
2.
  1. another term for portrait (sense 1)
  2. portraits collectively
3.
a verbal description
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Word Origin and History for portraiture
n.

mid-14c., from Old French portraiture "portrait, image, portrayal, resemblance" (12c.), from portrait (see portrait).

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