sit for portrait

sit for one's portrait

to serve as the subject of a portrait being done by a painter or photographer. I sat for the picture for two hours. Do you mind sitting for the painter all day? It will be easier if you get it over with all at once.
See also: for, portrait, sit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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IN the 18th century, before the advent of portrait photography, members of society would sit for portrait painters who made a handsome living for their pains.
Under these conditions Secretary McKenny had members of the tribal delegations sit for portraits.
After the earliest photographic encounters, the Tlingits were able to exercise some degree of control (e.g., charging to sit for portraits or to reenact a scene) and also found their own uses for the photographic medium.
The mayor told the artists at the unveiling of their exhibition: "It's been a great honour to come here today and an even greater honour to be asked to sit for portraits by so many talented artists."