Since they make the sculptures, artists should have a good chance of appearing on a plinth. Not so, as this tiny selection – some now almost forgotten – shows. (Piccadilly’s Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters has a line of busts of artists – including Turner – in poor condition.)

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William Hogarth

For 15 years until his death in 1764, the painter, engraver and satirist lived in Chiswick when it was still a small country town. His moral tales and cartoons, particularly against the evils of gin, made him famous. He and his wife are buried in the churchyard of St Nicholas, Chiswick. His pug-dog was called 'Trump’.

Chiswick High Road W4
Tube: Chiswick Park

James Whistler

The American-born artist moved to London in 1859, aged 25, where his most famous works, The White Girl and a portrait of his mother, were both rejected by the Royal Academy. He was supposedly the inspiration for the infamous painter in Oscar Wilde’s play, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Cheyne Walk SW3
Tube: Sloane Square

Sir Joshua Reynolds

The favoured painter of the elite of the era, as many as 3,000 portraits came from the Reynolds studio in his lifetime (1723-1792). His work documents the fashion and faces of the age and also helped raise the status of the previously scorned English artist to social acceptance among the ruling classes.

Royal Academy forecourt W1
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Sir Everett Millais

Millais (1829-1896) helped found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 and was the first artist to be awarded a hereditary title. This statue by Thomas Brock (who did the Albert Memorial) was put up in 1905. After several failed efforts to get rid of it by the Tate, in 2000 it was moved to this less prominent spot.

Tate Britain, Millbank SW1
Tube: Pimlico

Terence Cuneo

Cuneo (1907-1996) was famous for painting railways, horses and warfare and was the official artist for the Queen’s coronation in 1953. This bronze by Philip Jackson in Waterloo station shows Cuneo's trademark mouse peering from under a book at his feet, while another is carved into the plinth.

Waterloo, main concourse
Tube/Rail: Waterloo

‘Beau’ Brummell

A man who made himself a work of art, George Brummell (1778-1840) developed the modern look of suit and tie. He took five hours to dress and also started the fashion for bathing and shaving daily. A captain in the cavalry, he resigned when his regiment moved from London to Manchester – quite right ;)

Jermyn Street
Tube: Green Park