28 November 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

18 September 2013


Ben Okri Poem On Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Unveiled At NPG

Ben Okri  has unveiled his poem (see below) dedicated to William Hoare’s compelling portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave. This is also t he first portrait in this country to honour an African subject as an individual and equal. An educated man from a family of […]

12 September 2013



Four photographers have been shortlisted for this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, the major international photography award. Firmly established as the leading showcase for new talent in portrait photography, the £12,000 prize is sponsored for the sixth time by international law firm Taylor Wessing. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 at the National Portrait […]

5 September 2013


Landmark David Bailey Exhibition At National Portrait Gallery Announced

A landmark exhibition of the work of David Bailey is to open at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in February 2014, it was announced today (5 September 2013). It will include a new portrait of Kate Moss, exhibited for the first time, together with previously unseen work including images from his 2012 travels to the […]

20 August 2013


First Portrait Of Guinea Pig Discovered At National Portrait Gallery

A little known painting of three Elizabethan children containing what may be the first portrait of a guinea pig has been uncovered by the National Portrait Gallery, London, during the making of its forthcoming exhibition Elizabeth I and Her People (10 October 2013 – 5 January 2014), supported by The Weiss Gallery, it was announced […]

7 August 2013


National Portrait Gallery Commissions Ben Okri Poem To Freed Slave Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

The Booker Prize winning writer Ben Okri has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to write a new poem to be incorporated into a special display of its loaned painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, the first portrait of a black African Muslim and freed slave. Complemented by a season of talks and music including […]

5 August 2013


Bob Dylan To Exhibit Pastel Portraits At National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London will be exhibiting pastel portraits by Bob Dylan in September. This is the first time his work will have been seen in a museum in a Britain. The 12 new works to be displayed represent the latest portrait studies from an artist who has sketched and drawn since childhood and […]

24 July 2013


National Portrait Gallery To Host First Ever Private View Exclusively For Young People

The National Portrait Gallery is to host its first ever Private View exclusively for young people (Monday 29 July 2013, 18.30 – 20.30). For the first time, the Gallery will be open in an evening just for those aged between 14 and 19, giving them an exclusive opportunity to enjoy after-hours access to the BP […]

7 July 2013


Dame Laura Knight Portraits: Beyond The Narrative Frame

The National Portrait Gallery is presenting a new exhibition of the British painter Dame Laura Knight (1877 –1970). Knight was one of the most popular and pioneering British artists of the twentieth century. Her artistic career took her from Cornwall to Baltimore, and from the circus to the Nuremberg Trials. She painted dancers at the […]

3 June 2013


Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson Subject Of New NPG Portrait

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a newly commissioned portrait of children’s writer Julia Donaldson, on her last day as Children’s Laureate, 3 June 2013. Revealing her ‘props cupboard’ at home, a small room next to the one in which she writes, the children’s author is shown sitting in the foreground of a large portrait, holding […]

29 May 2013


Kevin Spacey The Fabulous: New Portrait By Jonathan Yeo Revealed

A major new portrait of the actor Kevin Spacey as Richard III will be one of several new works by Jonathan Yeo to be included in a major display of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery this September.The large painting shows Spacey in role as Shakespeare’s notorious king, amongst his most acclaimed roles, […]

30 April 2013


Scandal 63: National Portrait Gallery celebrates 50th Anniversary of Profumo Affair

A new display commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of one of the biggest scandals to rock the British establishment, the Profumo Affair opens at the National Portrait Gallery, London today (30 April 2013). The British political scandal came to a head in 1963 and was named after John Profumo, the then Secretary of State for War. […]

26 April 2013


Kate Middleton Visits Second London Museum For Art Room Charity

Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Cambridge has made a second public appearance at a London Museum this week. She gave a short speech at the National Portrait Gallery for the charity, ‘The Art Room’, which she has supported since becoming an official patron last January. Kate was the guest of honour at a reception to […]

24 April 2013


Dame Laura Knight Major Portrait Exhibition Announced At NPG

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced a major exhibition of portraits by Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970), one of the leading British artists of the twentieth-century to be mounted this summer. The exhibition spans her life-long career and celebrates the centenary of the creation of Knight’s innovative Self Portrait. The exhibition will include commissioned portraits […]

22 April 2013


BP Portrait Award Raises The Stakes To £30,000 Prize

BP have announced support for a further five years of the BP Portrait Award, one of the world’s most prestigious art competitions. The First Prize has been increased by £5,000 to £30,000, making it one of the largest for any global arts competition. The winner will receive the £30,000 cash prize and a commission worth […]

17 April 2013


Photographs by Francis Goodman Displayed At National Portrait Gallery

Photographs by Francis Goodman (1913-89) will go on display from 23 April 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery, London to mark the centenary of Goodman’s birth. This first museum retrospective display will include his portrait, fashion and photojournalistic work. His subjects came from the worlds of art, design, film and high society. The Gallery has […]

31 March 2013


Kate Middleton Postcard Is A National Portrait Gallery Best Seller

Kate Middleton’s dark portrait painting by BP award winning artist Paul Emsley has become the best selling postcard in in the National Portrait Gallery shop. The painting showing a more serious side to the Duchess has sold over 3000 reproductions in the first weeks since it’s unveiling on the 11 January. The portrait was commissioned […]

13 March 2013


Jacob Epstein Exhibition Explores Busts At The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, London has announced today (13 March 2013) that it will be holding a display of portrait busts by Sir Jacob Epstein. All made during the period 1916-51, 13 busts from the Collection will be displayed in the round. The majority of the sculptures on display are executed in bronze and subjects […]

21 February 2013


National Portrait Gallery To Catalogue Papers Of George Frederic Watts

£23,582 has been received from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives to be used to document the contents of the Gallery’s papers relating to the artist celebrated for his ‘Hall of Fame’ of portraits of eminent Victorians. Many of these portraits were acquired by the Gallery and the papers include important letters relating to […]

15 February 2013

Man Ray’s Portraits Of Celebrated Contemporaries Exhibited At NPG

In this survey of one the great photographic pioneers, the National Portrait Gallery focuses exclusively on Man Ray’s portraiture of friends, peers and muses, as well some commercial. It’s a fun, nostalgic trip through circles celebrated, but to completely discount the surrealism and technological innovation that made him influential as a cultural figure as well […]

6 February 2013


Man Ray and His Contemporaries New National Portrait Gallery Exhibition

A new exhibition of portraits by one the 20th century’s most inventive photographers, Man Ray opens at the National Portrait Gallery from tomorrow 7th February. The show juxtaposes celebrated contemporaries alongside his personal and often intimate portraits of friends, lovers and his social circle. His versatility and experimentation as an artist is illustrated throughout his […]

31 January 2013



Two studies for the highly abstracted 1949 modernist painting of the poet T. S. Eliot by Patrick Heron – never previously seen in public – go on display at the National Portrait Gallery today (Thursday 31 January 2013). One oil study, close in ‘cubist’ style to the completed portrait, had been forgotten about for over […]

11 January 2013


Kate Middleton’s Official Portrait Unveiled At National Portrait Gallery

Kate Middleton’s first official painted portrait was unveiled today at the National Portrait Gallery. It was commissioned by the gallery where it was revealed today, Friday, 11 January 2013. The unveiling was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, her parents Carole and Michael Middleton along with sister Pippa and brother James. The painting […]

4 December 2012


National Portrait Gallery Ups The Stake For BP Award

The National Portrait Gallery have announced an increase in prize money for the BP Portrait Award 2013, the world’s most prestigious open competition for portrait painting. The First Prize winner will receive a £30,000 cash prize. As part of BP’s ongoing support for a further five years, the First Prize has been increased by £5,000. […]

26 November 2012



London’s National Portrait Gallery has purchased a new painting of the late singer Amy Winehouse.The painting made shortly after the singer’s death in July 2011, was bought by the Gallery, with support from the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art. It goes on display at the Gallery today. Painted by the internationally-renowned artist […]

14 November 2012


Humphrey Ocean A handbook of modern life New NPG Exhibition

On 23rd November, a display of works by British artist Humphrey Ocean will open at the National Portrait Gallery. The display will contain 40 works painted in gouache on paper comprising colourful portraits of visitors to his south London studio, produced since 2006. The sitters include family members and friends. Humphrey Ocean RA has a long […]

31 October 2012



The National Portrait Gallery has been lent a major portrait of Winston Churchill, a rarely seen life-size painting by William Orpen, one of Britain’s most significant portrait painters and war artists. It goes on display at the Gallery from tomorrow, Thursday 1 November 2012. Painted in 1916, during the darkest moment in the statesman’s career, Churchill […]