A Polyptych refers to a painting or carving that has four or more panels. Paintings of three panels are triptychs and of two, diptychs. In most works there is a larger central panel called the "main panel", and the other panels are called "side-panels" or "wings". In photography a polyptych can refer to a photograph with four portraits or sections.

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Cecil Beaton, by Unknown photographer, 1962 - NPG  - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Cecil Beaton
by Unknown photographer
NPG x40523

Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall, by Tom Phillips, 1991 - NPG  - © DACS / Tom Phillips

Sir Peter Reginald Frederick Hall
by Tom Phillips
NPG 6152

Sir Norman Wisdom, by Lou Boileau, 1995 - NPG  - © Lou Boileau

Sir Norman Wisdom
by Lou Boileau
NPG x131217

Jay Jopling; Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood), by Jillian Edelstein, 8 November 2001 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jay Jopling; Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood)
by Jillian Edelstein
8 November 2001
NPG x125407

Charles Robert Saumarez Smith, by Tom Phillips, 2003 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Robert Saumarez Smith
by Tom Phillips
NPG 6648

Kate Moss, by Corinne Day, 2006 - NPG  - © Estate of Corinne Day / Commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London / trunkarchive.com

Kate Moss
by Corinne Day
NPG P1274

Akram Khan, by Darvish Fakhr, 2008 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Akram Khan
by Darvish Fakhr
NPG 6847

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