Theme

Some individual keywords linked to Themes are illustrated with a selection of portraits below. To explore the full list of keywords and within each the full set of portraits in each category, go to the Subjects and Themes section under Portrait in Advanced Search and choose the Theme ... option.

Artists and their studios

Accessory

A selection of portraits of artists in their working environment.

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Buildings and architecture

Accessory

Portraits in which buildings and architecture figure prominently or significantly.

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Diversity

Accessory

A selection of portraits that depict ethnic minorities and show black and Asian representation from the Gallery's collection.

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Events and occasions

Accessory

A selection of portraits depicting special or important events and occasions.

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Film-shots and stage sets

Theme

Selected portraits relating to stage and cinema, including behind the scenes images, official stage and film promotional material.

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Gardens

Accessory

A selection of portraits depicting gardens and parks and other recreational spaces.

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Snow

NPG D18064 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonA selection of portraits that depict snow or snow scenes.

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Words and inscriptions

NPG P58 - © The President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeA selection of portraits with interesting written text either written across image or as a footnote to the image.

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