20th Century portraits



A selection of portraits in the 20th Century up to 1990, many of which are on display at the Gallery can be browsed below, or explore teachers notes on twelve 20th Century portraits.

Teachers' notes: Twelve 20th Century portraits

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Rupert Brooke, by Clara Ewald, 1911 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Rupert Brooke
by Clara Ewald
1911
NPG 4911

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 1912 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
1912
NPG 4814

George Leigh Mallory, by Duncan Grant, 1912 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Leigh Mallory
by Duncan Grant
1912
NPG 5802

Rupert Brooke, by Sherrill Schell, April 1913 - NPG  - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Rupert Brooke
by Sherrill Schell
April 1913
NPG P101(e)

Isaac Rosenberg, by London Art Studios, circa 1915 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Isaac Rosenberg
by London Art Studios
circa 1915
NPG P230

Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington, 1916 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lytton Strachey
by Dora Carrington
1916
NPG 6662

Wilfred Owen, by John Gunston, 1916 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Wilfred Owen
by John Gunston
1916
NPG P515

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant, circa 1918 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
by Duncan Grant
circa 1918
NPG 4331

Gertrude Jekyll, by Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson, 1920 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Jekyll
by Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
1920
NPG 3334

E. M. Forster, by Dora Carrington, 1920 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

E. M. Forster
by Dora Carrington
1920
NPG 4698

Winifred Radford, by Meredith Frampton, 1921 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Winifred Radford
by Meredith Frampton
1921
NPG 6397

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

Dame Edith Sitwell, by Maurice Lambert, 1985 (circa 1926-1927) - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Edith Sitwell
by Maurice Lambert
1985 (circa 1926-1927)
NPG 5801

D.H. Lawrence, by Nickolas Muray, 1923 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

D.H. Lawrence
by Nickolas Muray
1923
NPG P208

Statesmen of World War I, by Sir James Guthrie, 1924-1930 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Statesmen of World War I
by Sir James Guthrie
1924-1930
NPG 2463

Harry Gordon Selfridge, by Powys Evans, circa 1930 - NPG  - © estate of Powys Evans

Harry Gordon Selfridge
by Powys Evans
circa 1930
NPG 5806

A.A. Milne; Christopher Robin Milne, by Howard Coster, 1926 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

A.A. Milne; Christopher Robin Milne
by Howard Coster
1926
NPG P715

Emmeline Pankhurst, by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emmeline Pankhurst
by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
1927
NPG 2360

Winston Churchill, by Walter Richard Sickert, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Winston Churchill
by Walter Richard Sickert
1927
NPG 4438

T.E. Lawrence, by Augustus Edwin John, circa 1929 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

T.E. Lawrence
by Augustus Edwin John
circa 1929
NPG 2910

Doris Zinkeisen, by Doris Clare Zinkeisen, exhibited 1929 - NPG  - © estate of Doris Clare Zinkeisen

Doris Zinkeisen
by Doris Clare Zinkeisen
exhibited 1929
NPG 6487

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova, by William Roberts, signed 1932 - NPG  - © William Roberts Society

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova
by William Roberts
signed 1932
NPG 5587

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster, 1934 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Aldous Huxley
by Howard Coster
1934
NPG P714

Ben Nicholson, by Humphrey Spender, circa 1935 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ben Nicholson
by Humphrey Spender
circa 1935
NPG P42

Gertrude Lawrence possibly as the Muse of Comedy, by Madame Yevonde, July 1936 - NPG  - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

Gertrude Lawrence possibly as the Muse of Comedy
by Madame Yevonde
July 1936
NPG P871(2)

George Bernard Shaw, by Madame Yevonde, 1937 - NPG  - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

George Bernard Shaw
by Madame Yevonde
1937
NPG P871(5)

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield, by Anthony Wysard, published 1938 - NPG  - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Albert Henry Stanley, Baron Ashfield
by Anthony Wysard
published 1938
NPG 6114

Leonard Sidney Woolf, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1940 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Leonard Sidney Woolf
by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
1940
NPG 4695

Anna Neagle, by McClelland Barclay, 1940 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Neagle
by McClelland Barclay
1940
NPG 6054

Alexander Korda, by Anthony Wysard, circa 1940-1956 - NPG  - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Alexander Korda
by Anthony Wysard
circa 1940-1956
NPG 6120

Madame Yevonde, by Madame Yevonde, 1940 - NPG  - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

Madame Yevonde
by Madame Yevonde
1940
NPG P620

Richard Hillary, by Eric Henri Kennington, 1942 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Hillary
by Eric Henri Kennington
1942
NPG 5167

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten, by Kenneth Green, 1943 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten
by Kenneth Green
1943
NPG 5136

Anna Zinkeisen, by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen, circa 1944 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anna Zinkeisen
by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen
circa 1944
NPG 5884

Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, by Francis Owen (

Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein
by Francis Owen ('Frank') Salisbury
1945
NPG L165

Sir William Turner Walton, by Michael Ayrton, 1948 - NPG  - © estate of Michael Ayrton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir William Turner Walton
by Michael Ayrton
1948
NPG 5138

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, by Sir (Herbert) James Gunn, 1950 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Conversation piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor
by Sir (Herbert) James Gunn
1950
NPG 3778

Nina Hamnett, by Daniel Farson, 1952 - NPG  - © Michael Parkin / National Portrait Gallery, London

Nina Hamnett
by Daniel Farson
1952
NPG P288

Richard Burton, by Daniel Farson, 1953 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Burton
by Daniel Farson
1953
NPG P293

Queen Elizabeth II, by Pietro Annigoni, 1969 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II
by Pietro Annigoni
1969
NPG 4706

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear, exhibited 1974 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Harold Wilson
by Ruskin Spear
exhibited 1974
NPG 5047

Prince Charles, by Bryan Organ, 1980 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Prince Charles
by Bryan Organ
1980
NPG 5365

Max Wall (

Max Wall ('Max with Onde')
by Maggi Hambling
1981
NPG 5578

Paul McCartney, by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon), 1983 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Paul McCartney
by Humphrey Ocean (Humphrey Anthony Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon)
1983
NPG 5695

Peter Blake, by Clive Barker, 1983 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Blake
by Clive Barker
1983
NPG 5845

Francis Bacon, by Ruskin Spear, 1984 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Francis Bacon
by Ruskin Spear
1984
NPG 5818

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

Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1984-1986
NPG 5921

Dorothy Hodgkin, by Maggi Hambling, 1985 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Hodgkin
by Maggi Hambling
1985
NPG 5797

Queen Elizabeth II, by Michael Leonard, 1985-1986 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II
by Michael Leonard
1985-1986
NPG 5861

Daley Thompson, by David Buckland, October 1986 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Daley Thompson
by David Buckland
October 1986
NPG P323

Gilbert & George, by Chris Garnham, 1986 - NPG  - © estate of Chris Garnham / National Portrait Gallery, London

Gilbert & George
by Chris Garnham
1986
NPG P853

Seamus Heaney, by Peter Edwards, 1987-1988 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Seamus Heaney
by Peter Edwards
1987-1988
NPG 6023

Helena Bonham Carter, by John Swannell, 1987 - NPG  - © John Swannell / Camera Press

Helena Bonham Carter
by John Swannell
1987
NPG P717(2)

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, by Alison Watt, 1989 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
by Alison Watt
1989
NPG 6042

Zandra Rhodes, by Andrew Logan, 1989 - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Zandra Rhodes
by Andrew Logan
1989
NPG 6221

Bob Geldof, by John Swannell, 1989 - NPG  - © John Swannell / Camera Press

Bob Geldof
by John Swannell
1989
NPG P717(7)

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