Search the Collection

Elton John (1947-), Singer and composer

Sir Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight)

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he was educated at Pinner County Grammar School and the Royal Academy of Music. He changed his name to Elton Hercules John, and began his career as a writer and singer in 1967. He toured the United States and became an overnight success in 1970. John became the first international pop star to perform in Russia in 1979. Vice-President of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain since 1975, he founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1993. He has released more than 60 albums, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973), and more than 600 songs. Candle in the Wind (1974) achieved international status when he sang it at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

List Thumbnail


Elton John ('On the throne')

by Suzi Malin
tempera over gold leaf on gesso prepared board, 1978
NPG 6563


Elton John

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1989
NPG P717(9)


Elton John

by Terry O'Neill
bromide print, 1975
NPG x34559


Elton John

by Terry O'Neill
digital R-type colour print from original transparency, 1975
NPG x126151


Elton John

by Norman Parkinson
colour print, 1978
NPG x30129


Elton John

by John Swannell
bromide fibre print, 1989
NPG x38272


Elton John

by Alistair Morrison
C-type colour print, July 1990
NPG x76965


Elton John

by Bob Carlos Clarke
bromide print, 1991
NPG x137391


Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182340


Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182341


Elton John

by Chalkie Davies
bromide press print, 1978
NPG x182342


Tell us moreback to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, something missing, or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have any information to share please complete the form below

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your nameclose

If you tick permission to publish your name will appear above your contribution on our website.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.