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Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

Room 5 The National Portrait Gallery has the best collection of early British self-portraits in the world. This display, the second of three to be held at the Gallery as part of the tour of the recently acquired Van Dyck self-portrait, considers the painting in the context of this fascinating collection. It includes the earliest oil self-portrait painted in Britain, as well as works by Isaac Oliver, Sir Peter Lely and Mary Beale. A highlight will be the striking self-portrait by William Dobson, on loan from a private collection, which hung as a pair with the Van Dyck portrait for 300 years.

Organised with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund

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See also: Room 5: miniature case

20 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Frances, Countess of Somerset, studio of William Larkin - NPG 1955

Frances, Countess of Somerset

studio of William Larkin
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1615
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1955

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford), by William Larkin - NPG 6976

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

by William Larkin
oil on panel, circa 1618
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6976

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG 2391

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, 1629
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2391

King Charles II, by Unknown artist - NPG 6403

King Charles II

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1630
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6403

King Charles I, by Daniel Mytens - NPG 1246

King Charles I

by Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, 1631
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1246

Henrietta Maria, by Unknown artist, background by  Hendrik van Steenwyck - NPG 1247

Henrietta Maria

by Unknown artist, background by Hendrik van Steenwyck
oil on canvas, circa 1635
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1247

William Laud, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 171

William Laud

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1636)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 171

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 4531

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1636
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4531

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 5964

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny

by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1638
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5964

The Capel Family, by Cornelius Johnson - NPG 4759

The Capel Family

by Cornelius Johnson
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4759

Sir Edmund Verney, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG L202

Sir Edmund Verney

by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L202

John Pym, by or after Edward Bower - NPG 6650

John Pym

by or after Edward Bower
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6650

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine, by Gerrit van Honthorst - NPG 4519

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine

by Gerrit van Honthorst
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1641-1642
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4519

Richard Neville, by William Dobson - NPG 5382

Richard Neville

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1643
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5382

Oliver Cromwell, by Robert Walker - NPG 536

Oliver Cromwell

by Robert Walker
oil on canvas, circa 1649
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 536

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker, by Unknown artist - NPG 1961

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1961

Henry Ireton, copy attributed to Robert Walker, after  Samuel Cooper, and  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 3301

Henry Ireton

copy attributed to Robert Walker, after Samuel Cooper, and Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3301

John Lambert, after Robert Walker - NPG 252

John Lambert

after Robert Walker
oil on canvas, (circa 1650-1655)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 252

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, by Unknown artist - NPG 5284

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron

by Unknown artist
lead bust, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5284

Godfried Schalcken, by and published by John Smith, after  Godfried Schalcken - NPG D11495

Godfried Schalcken

by and published by John Smith, after Godfried Schalcken
mezzotint, 1694 (1694)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D11495