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Room 16 at the National Portrait Gallery

Special displays

Portraiture has an inextricable relationship with the passing of time and mortality. Portraits usually reflect a particular moment in a person’s life. That person will inevitably change, get older and eventually die but the portrait endures. This display draws together historic and contemporary works from the Collection that engage with this complex, sometimes troubling, relationship.

Find out more about the display Life, Death and Memory

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

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