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Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery

Simon Schama's Face of Britain: The Face of People

The majority of portraits ever painted have been of the great and the good. But there has always been a glorious strain in British art that tells it like it is, and for which all humanity is fit for portrayal. History isn't just made up of influential people, it is also made up of an infinity of wonderful characters without whom history loses all its richness and human variety. With technological advances in printmaking and photography, portraiture has increasingly recorded and celebrated the individuals in the crowd - faces that might otherwise be forgotten.

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37 portraits on display in Room 27 at the National Portrait Gallery