Selected archive documents relating to 20th Century portraits



Henry James, by John Singer Sargent, 1913 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry James
by John Singer Sargent
1913
NPG 1767

T.E. Lawrence, by Augustus Edwin John, 1919 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

T.E. Lawrence
by Augustus Edwin John
1919
NPG 3187

  • Letter from George Bernard Shaw to H.M. Hake, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 15 July 1944, offering the portrait to the Gallery. Reproduced by kind permission of The Society of Authors, on behalf of the estate of G.Bernard Shaw.

General Officers of World War I, by John Singer Sargent, 1922 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

General Officers of World War I
by John Singer Sargent
1922
NPG 1954

Arthur Roberts, by Augustus Edwin John, 1925 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur Roberts
by Augustus Edwin John
1925
NPG 2362

Sir Max Beerbohm, by Reginald Grenville Eves, 1936 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Max Beerbohm
by Reginald Grenville Eves
1936
NPG 4000

  • Letter from Beerbohm to H.M. Hake, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, dated 3 December 1935, regarding the proposal to have Eves make a portrait of him.

Iris Murdoch, by Tom Phillips, 1984-1986 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1984-1986
NPG 5921

Tony Benn, by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon), 1996 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Tony Benn
by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
1996
NPG 6371

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Derek Walcott ('The Sun Poet')
by Ross Wilson
1997
NPG 6400