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 Queen: Art and Image and 500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award. 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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BP Portrait Award 2014
Featuring works from an international list of artists, the BP Portrait Award highlights

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

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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.

Fine Art - Exhibitions

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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.

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

Tony Bevan: Self-Portraits
Tony Bevan Self-Portraits is the first publication to focus on the artist’s continuing practice of self-portraiture.

BP Portrait Award 2011
Featuring works from an international list of artists.

Alex Katz Portraits
Alex Katz is one of the most well-respected and significant portrait artists whose influence is seen across generations.
BP Portrait Award 2012
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.

The Indian Portrait
The authors explore the role of portraiture in India, and the development of styles, techniques and subjects.

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

David Hockney Portraits
This authoritative new study examines Hockney's portraits in all media

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


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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
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012
Portraits from contemporary photographers selected from over 5,000 submissions.
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

Angus McBean Portraits
The most prominent theatre photographer of his generation.

Irving Penn Portraits
This handsome clothbound book has been created in collaboration with the artist's studio

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

Fine Art - Gallery Collections

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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
The National Portrait Gallery Highlights
This book features a selection of over 120 of the finest portraits in the collection.


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

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

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

History & Biography

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Bridget Riley: From Life
A dramatic new account of the role of life drawing in the artist's career.

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

Imagined Lives: Mystery Portraits 1540–1640
Discover the identity of mystery sitters in the Collection.
The Queen: Art and Image
This book features a selection of over 120 of the finest portraits in the collection.

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

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

The Great War in Portraits
Paul Moorhouse looks at the bitter-sweet nature of a conflict in which valour and selfless endeavour were qualified by disaster and suffering

Visitors Guides

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A Guide to Twentieth Century Portraits
Fascinating selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs chosen 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.

Visitor Exclusives

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Complete Illustrated Catalogue
Comprehensive listing of every painting, drawing, miniature, print, photograph and sculpture in the main collection.

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

Educational Publishing

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