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Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

Room 16: Display

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

The naked human figure has been a preoccupation of art from prehistory to the present day. This cross-period display of unclothed portraits from the Collection raises questions about identity and gender, the real and ideal. It includes portraits ranging from the flirtatious royal mistress Nell Gwyn to the interrogation of nudity by contemporary artists.

18 portraits on display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

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James Gillray, by Unknown artist - NPG 3650

James Gillray

by Unknown artist
watercolour, circa 1810
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3650

George Leigh Mallory, by Duncan Grant - NPG 5802

George Leigh Mallory

by Duncan Grant
oil on panel, 1912
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5802

David Garnett, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG 6046

David Garnett

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil and gouache on cardboard, 1915
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6046

Helen Chadwick ('Vanitas II'), by Helen Chadwick - NPG P874

Helen Chadwick ('Vanitas II')

by Helen Chadwick
cibachrome print, 1986
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P874

Ishbel Myerscough; Chantal Joffe ('Two Girls'), by Ishbel Myerscough - NPG 6959

Ishbel Myerscough; Chantal Joffe ('Two Girls')

by Ishbel Myerscough
oil on canvas, 1991
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6959

Sarah Lucas ('Human Toilet II'), by Sarah Lucas - NPG P884(6)

Sarah Lucas ('Human Toilet II')

by Sarah Lucas
Iris print, 1996
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P884(6)

Naomi Campbell, by Mario Testino - NPG P1012

Naomi Campbell

by Mario Testino
C-type colour print, 1996
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1012

Gilbert & George ('IN THE PISS'), by Gilbert & George - NPG 6489

Gilbert & George ('IN THE PISS')

by Gilbert & George
photo-piece of nine panels, 1997
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6489

Linford Christie, by Alistair Morrison - NPG x77035

Linford Christie

by Alistair Morrison
toned bromide print on Kentmere paper, February 1996
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x77035

Germaine Greer, by Polly Borland - NPG x88457

Germaine Greer

by Polly Borland
C-type colour print, October 1999
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x88457

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour, by George Vertue, after  Remigius van Leemput, after  Hans Holbein the Younger - NPG D18545

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII; Elizabeth of York; Jane Seymour

by George Vertue, after Remigius van Leemput, after Hans Holbein the Younger
line engraving, 1737
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D18545

The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath), by Unknown artist - NPG D9351

The Treacherous Patriot Unmask'd (William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath)

by Unknown artist
mezzotint, published 1742
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D9351

Frederica Charlotte Ulrica Catherina, Duchess of York and Albany, by Charlotte Zethen, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12448

Frederica Charlotte Ulrica Catherina, Duchess of York and Albany

by Charlotte Zethen, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 10 April 1792
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D12448

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn

attributed to Simon Verelst
oil on canvas, circa 1670
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L248

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

John Lennon; Yoko Ono

by John Lennon
bromide print, 1968
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1992

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood

by Juergen Teller
C-type colour print, 2009
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1981

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Charlotte Rampling

by Helmut Newton
bromide print, 19 October 1973
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x32395

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Leigh Bowery

by Bruce Bernard
C-type colour print, 1992
On display in Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x133164