16 November 2015

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Important Lucian Freud Archive Acquired By NPG Under Tax Lieu Scheme

A collection of Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, drawings and letters have been acquired by the nation from the estate of Lucian Freud through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme. The archive has been permanently allocated to the National Portrait Gallery, which in 2012 staged the acclaimed Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition, the Gallery’s most visited ticketed exhibition.   The National Portrait […]

11 November 2015

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Oliver Jeffers Unveil Latest Work In His Dipped Paintings Series

Oliver Jeffers will publicly unveil his latest work in the ongoing ‘Dipped Paintings’ series in a temporary exhibition at 31 Henrietta Street in London’s Covent Garden neighbourhood, which will be followed by an artist talk and book signing at the National Portrait Gallery. Since 2012, Oliver Jeffers has developed his Dipped Paintings series around the central theme of loss. Each work in the series begins as […]

20 October 2015

Alberto Giacometti: Sensible Expression And Pure Presence National Portrait Gallery

If the outlandish and often gimmicky world of contemporary art is too hard to digest, ‘Frieze’ week also offers some statelier, classic offerings.  Aside from Frieze Masters itself, Giacometti: Pure Presence has just opened at the National Portrait Gallery while round the corner the National Gallery is offering Goya: The Portraits. Swiss born Alberto Giacometti (1901-66), a […]

13 October 2015

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Alberto Giacometti Exhibition At National Portrait Gallery Opens This Week

An exhibition devoted to portraits by the artist Alberto Giacometti opens at the National Portrait Gallery this week. The well known Swiss artist has recently sold for millions at an auction in New York, making him the world’s most highly expensive modern sculptor. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the artist’s death, Giacometti: Pure Presence (15 […]

18 June 2015

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BP Portrait Awards: A Non Starter Slippery As An Oil Slick

The genre ‘portraiture’ is as open ended as the limitless expanses of landscape, history painting, still lifes, and abstract: yet while on paper the BP award is as thematically open, and democratically open to everyone to enter, whether amateur or professional, the selection, style and favouritism remains curiously conservative and hideously prescriptive. I’ve been several […]

19 March 2015

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Jack Smith Rarely Seen Abstract Portraits To Be Exhibited At NPG

A selection of rarely seen abstract paintings by the important British artist Jack Smith has gone on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in the Gallery’s first display to focus on entirely non-figurative portraits, it was announced today. Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits (18 March – 31 August 2015) is the latest display at the National […]

19 January 2015

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Simon Rattle Portrait Shot On 150-Year Old Camera Unveiled At NPG

A previously unpublished photograph of the British conductor Sir Simon Rattle by Rory Coonan has been unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was shot in 1982 on film, using a 150-year-old plate camera. The acquisition is announced to mark Sir Simon’s 60th birthday, today, Monday 19 January 2015, and ahead of his concerts […]

16 September 2014

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Vivienne Westwood Commission Unveiled At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled its latest commissioned portrait – a photograph of Dame Vivienne Westwood in her garden by artist and photographer Juergen Teller. Commissioned by gallery and exhibited as London Fashion Week draws to a close, the work was made possible by the J.P. Morgan Fund for New Commissions. The portrait of […]

6 August 2014

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Roald Dahl Portrait By Matthew Smith Goes On Display At The NPG

A rarely seen portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated writers, Roald Dahl, painted when he was a young RAF pilot during the Second World War by Matthew Smith, has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Wednesday 6 August 2014. The portrait features in a new display bringing […]

22 July 2014

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Grayson Perry Asks Who Are You In New NPG Portrait Exhibition

Grayson Perry is presenting a new exhibition of portraits titled ‘Who Are You?’ (25 October 2014-15 March 2015) at the National Portrait Gallery. The14 portraits of individuals, families and groups will be placed within the Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth-century Collection displays, including a self portrait and a major new tapestry. Politician Chris Huhne, a young female-to-male […]

3 July 2014

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Ken Livingstone Painting By Andrew Tift Goes On Display At National Portrait Gallery

Ken Livingstone, the often controversial left wing politician has been inducted into the National portrait Gallery with a new painting by the artist Andrew Tift. The commission is supported by BP as part of the BP Portrait Award. The large, square acrylic painting (3 ½ feet by 3 ½ feet) shows the first Mayor of […]

3 June 2014

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Husband and Wife Portrait Painters Selected For BP Portrait Award Competition

Two larger-than-life sized paintings featuring famous chefs including a seven-foot study of TV chief James Martin are part of the selection on view at this year at the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award competition. They were painted by a husband and wife who have succeeded in having their portraits selected for exhibition, which is […]

17 April 2014

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BP Portrait Award’s 25th Anniversary Shortlist Announced At NPG

The shortlist for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London has been announced. Their sitters are a homeless man in Germany who earns money by cleaning car windscreens, an American woman who was reluctant to sit for a portrait painted by her son, and the Bath-based grandmother and […]

31 March 2014

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National Museums Invite Young People To Remember The Great War

The National Portrait Gallery along with four other major museums is to showcase their creative and personal responses to the First World War and its impact on local areas. Over seventy young people from across the UK have joined together to participate in National Memory – Local Stories, a nation-wide project led by the Gallery […]

30 March 2014

The Great War in Portraits: A Painterly Remembrance National Portrait Gallery

Of all the events and memorial activities scheduled for this year to mark the centenary of the beginning of the first Great War – that bitter and ugly conflict of arguably worse fighting conditions than the Second World War; a spiralling, futile lottery of chance that several European countries found themselves mired in – one […]

24 February 2014

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Duchess Of Cambridge Supports Art Fund’s Van Dyck Self Portrait Appeal

A photograph of National Portrait Gallery patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge viewing the Van Dyck Self-portrait it is campaigning with the Art Fund to save for the nation, has been released, in hope of finalising the funds needed for purchase. The Duchess was given a private view of the portrait, on display at the […]

22 February 2014

David Bailey: The Self Curated Retrospective Of A Swinging 60s Icon

This landmark exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London is the largest exhibition of David Bailey’s portraits.  With over 300 exhibits all selected by the photographer himself, Bailey’s Stardust is one of the Gallery’s larger-scale photography exhibitions and occupies most of the ground floor. David Bailey is synonymous with the ‘swinging 60s. During that time […]

13 February 2014

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Glittering National Portrait Gallery Fundraiser Attended By Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge, patron of the National Portrait Gallery attended a ticketed black-tie fundraising event last night Tuesday 11 February in which opera singer Sir Willard White performed alongside the Gallery’s Portrait Choir. Also in attendance were Grayson Perry, Philip Treacy, Alan Rickman, Marc Quinn, Gerald Scarfe, Jonathan Yeo and Katherine Grainger. David and […]

6 February 2014

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David Bailey’s Landmark Exhibition Opens At London’s National Portrait Gallery

David Bailey’s landmark exhibition opens today (6 February) at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Selected by the photographer, Bailey’s Stardust (until 1 June 2014) is one of the Gallery’s larger-scale photography exhibitions, with over 250 portraits occupying most of its ground floor. One of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive photographers, David Bailey has made an […]

31 January 2014

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National Portrait Gallery Raises £3.2m Towards Securing Van Dyck Self-portrait

£3.2 million has been raised in support of the National Portrait Gallery and Art Fund appeal to secure the last self-portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck, and prevent it from going to a private collection overseas. This includes a recent pledge of £1 million from The Monument Trust, the largest single gift yet given to […]

23 January 2014

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Top Authors Create Pen Portraits For National Portrait Gallery Fundraiser

Marina Warner, Hilary Mantel, Esther Freud, Joanna Trollope, Sir David Hare, Sir Michael Holroyd and Dame Jacqueline Wilson are among those who have created hand-written Pen Portraits for the Gala.Inspired by portraits in the Gallery’s Collection, Pen Portraits, offered at £500, have also been written by Ben Okri, Sir Max Hastings, A S Byatt, Amanda […]

21 January 2014

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George Frederic Watts Archive Launched Online At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery have launched an online archive catalogue, enabling a wider audience to access details of the Gallery’s activities since it was founded in 1856. The online archive comprises over 30,000 descriptions containing information about all types of records, including letters, x-rays, videos, posters, press-cuttings, minutes and reports as well as photographs. It […]

15 January 2014

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Phillip Prodger Appointed Curator of Photography At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London, has appointed Phillip Prodger, founding Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, as Head of Photographs Collection, from 1 June 2014. Prodger will lead the Gallery’s photographic exhibitions and displays programme and oversee the Gallery’s Collection of more than 250,000 photographs, which spans from the medium’s invention […]

20 December 2013

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Tony Blair Painting By Alastair Adams Unveiled At National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery, London, has unveiled its most recent commissioned portrait, a painting of Tony Blair by artist Alastair Adams. The eyes are glaring and slightly vacant and he looks a bit haggard but it is a difinitive portrait of the once popular Labour leader. The commission is in keeping with the National Portrait Gallery’s […]

11 December 2013

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Frank Dobson Sculpture Of Actress Margaret Rawlings Acquired By NPG

A patinated plaster sculpture of the well known British stage actress Margaret Rawlings by the sculptor Frank Dobson has been donated to the National Portrait Gallery Collection.  Rawlings, had a remarkable acting career for over forty years, she also co-founded the British Actors’ Equity Association, where she served as a Council member for thirty years […]

3 December 2013

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National Portrait Gallery Announces 35th Portrait Award Competition

The National Portrait Gallery has announced that it is now accepting entries for the thirty-fifth Portrait Award, one of the world’s most prestigious competition for portrait painting. The Portrait Award in 2014 will celebrate twenty-five years of support by BP. The First Prize winner will receive a £30,000 cash prize along with, at the Gallery’s discretion, […]

28 November 2013

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Baroness Helena Kennedy Portrait By Artist Chris Levine Unveiled

A newly commissioned portrait of barrister, politician and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy by light artist Chris Levine has been unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced today (Thursday 28 November 2013).  The larger than life-size portrait shows Baroness Kennedy dressed in her barrister’s robe, turned to face the viewer. Around two feet […]

25 November 2013

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Last Bid To Save Van Dyck Self Portrait For Nation

The National Portrait Gallery and the Art Fund have launched an appeal to raise £12.5 million and save the last self-portrait of Sir Anthony Van Dyck for the nation. The painting has been in a British private collection for nearly 400 years but has been sold to a private collector who now wishes to take […]

31 October 2013

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Iconic Vivien Leigh Centenary Celebrated With New Display At NPG

To mark the centenary of the British born, Hollywood legend Vivien Leigh’s birth, a previously unseen and newly acquired photograph of one of Britain’s most important actresses, Vivien Leigh, and her husband Laurence Olivier, taken at the height of their celebrity status will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery tomorrow (Friday 1 November […]

27 October 2013

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The Great War In Portraits Celebrated At London’s NPG

London’s National Portrait Gallery is presenting the first national exhibition of the First World War centenary commemorations in February 2014. The Great War in Portraits (27 Feb-15 Jun 2014) will be the start of a four-year public programme at the Gallery of displays and events, and workshops for young people, it was announced today Thursday […]

2 October 2013

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Early Feminist Portrait Of Lady Anne Clifford Exhibited At NPG

A re-discovered painted portrait of the seventeenth-century feminist patron, builder and conservationist, Lady Anne Clifford has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. A rare woman fighting a male-dominated establishment, Clifford is now seen as a proto-feminist, determined not to be bullied or coaxed into accepting less than she believed to be her due. At […]

23 September 2013

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David Bowie Portrait By Derek Boshier To Be Exhibited At NPG

Pop Art Portraits by the seminal British Pop Artist Derek Boshier will be shown in the UK for the first time in a new display of the artist’s work opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 28 September 2013. Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits (28 September 2013 – May 2014) will feature 10 works from the artist’s […]