National Portrait Gallery Publications aims to promote the Gallery's exhibitions through intriguing titles with masterful artwork. These books not only increase our visitors' knowledge and their enjoyment of the collections but they also give insight into the world of art, and the complex relationship between artist and sitter. Portraiture has evolved over centuries and the Gallery and its publications reflect this, with titles ranging from the Companions series – giving readers insights into some of the most celebrated literary and artistic groups portrayed in the Gallery’s Collection to 21st-Century Portraits – an overview of world portraiture as it stands now. Come to the Gallery to see the world of British portraiture and enlighten your mind with a National Portrait Gallery book.

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The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered
A fascinating introduction to the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision
highly illustrated biography of Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) by a leading authority on the Bloomsbury Group.

Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860–1960
William Morris, great Victorian artist-craftsman, designer, poet, polymath and visionary thinker.

William Morris: Words & Wisdom
A collection of observations by, and about, the great British polymath, visionary, designer and writer.

National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain
This handsomely produced volume presents highlights, featuring over 200 works.

Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards
The National Portrait Gallery holds hundreds of images of bearded, whiskered and moustached men.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014
Stunning reproductions of the selected works provide an excellent overview of current photographic styles.

Pets in Portraits
A collection of portraits featuring appearances by animals from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery.

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
Looks at the life of this remarkable man, through his portraits and images of those around him.

Forthcoming titles See More

John Singer Sargent: Painting Friends
This lavishly illustrated book tells their stories, as well as those of courtiers, nobles and the Queen herself.

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
This book showcases his portraits of artists, writers, actors and musicians, many of whom he knew well.

Fine Art - Exhibitions See More

Elizabeth I & Her People
This lavishly illustrated book tells their stories, as well as those of courtiers, nobles and the Queen herself.

The Lost Prince Henry, Prince of Wales (1594–1612)
In his short life he was the focus of great hope and expectation in Europe

Lucian Freud: Portraits
This new, authoritative survey of Freud’s portraits and figure paintings explores his work across seven decades.

Lucian Freud: Painting People
This accessible guide features a selection of portraits by Lucian Freud.

BP Portrait Award 2014
Featuring works from an international list of artists, the BP Portrait Award highlights

BP Portrait Award 2013
Featuring works from an international
list of artists.

500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award
Features 500 paintings from many of the best figurative artists active over the last twenty-one years.

Laura Knight Portraits
A long overdue reappraisal of an outstanding and pioneering female

The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons
Featuring a range of large-scale, public and more intimate portraits of actresses.

Photography See More

Man Ray Portraits
Man Ray was one of the most inventive photographic artists of the twentieth century.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013
This book celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today

Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits
Hollywood portraiture from the industry’s golden age, a period lasting from 1920 to 1960.

Hoppé Portraits Society, Studio and Street
Hoppe began his career in 1907 and rose to prominence photographing eminent figures

Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life 1834–1910
Marking the centenary of his death and the first retrospective of his work in Paris and London.

Mario Testino Portraits
From London to Hollywood, this unprecedented overview of Testino's career

Bailey’s Stardust
The portraits in this book have been personally selected by Bailey from the wide range of subjects and groups.

Bailey Exposed
Drawing on numerous interviews, some previously unpublished, and illustrated with many iconic photographs.

Bailey’s Box of Postcards
David Bailey has chosen a selection of images from his archive – some familiar, others previously unseen.

Fine Art - Gallery Collections See More

Later Stuarts Portraits 1685–1714
This important reference work is the latest volume in the series of National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790
Great sequence of illustrated catalogues of the collection embraces the period 1500-1860

History & Biography See More

Kings and Queens
This new edition highlights the most important historical events and dates in every reign.

Imagined Lives: Portraits of unknown people
Identities of people whose portraits featured in this book have been lost or mistaken.

Bob Dylan: Face Value
An intriguing collection of portraits by the internationally acclaimed icon of American music.

21st Century Portraits
This book is an essential reference work in the field of 21st century art.

National Portrait Gallery Companions
The National Portrait Gallery’s series of compact, fully illustrated, historical guides.

National Portrait Gallery Companions
Fully illustrated historical guides to literary and artistic personalities and themes.

The Great War in Portraits
Published to mark the centenary of its outbreak in 1914, and accompanying a major exhibition.

Visitor Guides See More

A Guide to Twentieth Century Portraits
A selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs by the National  Portrait Gallery.

A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits
With lively engaging text and a dynamic design, the guide is organised thematically.

A Guide to Victorian & Edwardian Portraits
An introduction to Victorian and Edwardian portraits selected by the National Portrait Galler.

A Guide to Contemporary Portraits
The Gallery’s Director and Contemporary Curator discuss key works from the collection.

A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery
Organised chronologically, the Guide reflects as far as possible the actual layout of the Gallery.