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Sir Roy Strong (1935-), Art historian and museum director; Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Strong was born in Winchmore Hill, north London, and after Edmonton Grammar School and a degree in History from the University of London, he took a PhD at the Warburg Institute. He became a Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and in 1959 was appointed Assistant Keeper at the National Portrait Gallery. In 1967, aged 32, he became Director of the Gallery, which he revitalised with innovative exhibitions such as Beaton Portraits (1968) and Samuel Pepys (1970). Strong was appointed Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1974, where he reinvigorated the Museum's commitment to the art and design of today, and oversaw a provocative exhibition policy.

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Sir Roy Strong

by Bryan Organ
oil on canvas, 1971
NPG 5289


Sir Roy Strong

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 6 June 1978
NPG P1258


Sir Roy Strong

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1990
NPG P717(14)


Sir Roy Strong

by Tessa Traeger
gelatin silver print, 2002
NPG P1026(44)


Sir Roy Strong

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1967
NPG x12533


Sir Roy Strong

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 21 March 1969
NPG x32550


Sir Roy Strong

by Stephen Hyde
bromide fibre print, 17 April 1986
NPG x31689


Sir Roy Strong

by Jill Kennington
bromide print, 1987
NPG x127146


Sir Roy Strong

by John Swannell
bromide fibre print, 1990
NPG x38276


Sir Roy Strong: An Elizabethan Reverie

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 2010
NPG x134403


Sir Roy Strong

by John Swannell
archival digital print, 2012
NPG x135904


Sir Roy Strong

by Cecil Beaton
pencil, early 1970s?
NPG D17941(118)


Sir Roy Strong

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 21 March 1969
NPG x28791


Sir Roy Strong and National Portrait Gallery Staff

by Val Lloyd
photographic collage, 1973
NPG x76737


Sir Roy Strong

by Tara Heinemann
bromide print, March 1980
NPG x13758


Sir Roy Strong

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1980
NPG x22480


Sir Roy Strong; Susie Cooper

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1987
NPG x134175


Sir Roy Strong; Charles Robert Saumarez Smith; John Trevor Hayes

by Julia Trevelyan Oman (Lady Strong)
colour snapshot print, 13 April 1994
NPG x68272


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