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Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

A National Portrait: Britain 1919-59

Room 31The largest room on the first floor, this strikingly beautiful modern space with an undulating ceiling displays paintings on clear glass walls from the period after the Great War up to the end of the 1950s. One side of the space is devoted to the period after the 1st World War to the onset of the 2nd World War, with strong selections of portraits from the Bloomsbury set. The curved end wall focusses on the 2nd World War, whilst the other long wall concentrates on the post-war period.

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87 portraits on display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Alfred Aaron Wolmark, by Alfred Aaron Wolmark - NPG 5690

Alfred Aaron Wolmark

by Alfred Aaron Wolmark
oil on canvas laid on board, 1911
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5690

Spencer Frederick Gore, by Harold Gilman - NPG 6879

Spencer Frederick Gore

by Harold Gilman
oil on cardboard, circa 1911-1912
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6879

Robert Polhill Bevan, by Robert Polhill Bevan - NPG 5201

Robert Polhill Bevan

by Robert Polhill Bevan
oil on canvas, 1913-1914
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5201

Stanislawa Bevan (née de Karlowska), by Harold Gilman - NPG 6878

Stanislawa Bevan (née de Karlowska)

by Harold Gilman
oil on canvas, circa 1913
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6878

Spencer Frederick Gore, by Spencer Frederick Gore - NPG 4981

Spencer Frederick Gore

by Spencer Frederick Gore
oil on canvas, 1914
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4981

Henry Lamb, by Henry Lamb - NPG 4432

Henry Lamb

by Henry Lamb
oil on panel, 1914
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4432

Malcolm Drummond, by Malcolm Drummond - NPG 6446

Malcolm Drummond

by Malcolm Drummond
oil on canvas, circa 1914-1918
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6446

Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington - NPG 6662

Lytton Strachey

by Dora Carrington
oil on panel, 1916
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6662

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Duncan Grant - NPG 5541

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1917
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5541

Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley, by Leon Engers Kennedy - NPG 6630

Edward Alexander ('Aleister') Crowley

by Leon Engers Kennedy
oil on canvas, 1917-1918
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6630

Sir John William Alcock, by Ambrose McEvoy - NPG 1894

Sir John William Alcock

by Ambrose McEvoy
oil on canvas, 1919
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1894

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Augustus Edwin John - NPG 6095

Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Augustus Edwin John
oil on canvas, 1919
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6095

Stanislawa Bevan (née de Karlowska), by Robert Polhill Bevan - NPG 5202

Stanislawa Bevan (née de Karlowska)

by Robert Polhill Bevan
oil on canvas, 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5202

E.M. Forster, by Dora Carrington - NPG 4698

E.M. Forster

by Dora Carrington
oil on canvas, 1920
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4698

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 2608

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, 1921
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2608

Sir James George Frazer, by Emile Antoine Bourdelle - NPG 2099

Sir James George Frazer

by Emile Antoine Bourdelle
bronze bust, 1925, based on a work of 1922
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2099

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth), by Henry Glintenkamp - NPG 6977

Dame Edith Evans (Dame Edith Mary Booth)

by Henry Glintenkamp
oil on canvas, 1922
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6977

Oskar Kokoschka, by Karel Vogel - NPG 6244

Oskar Kokoschka

by Karel Vogel
painted plaster head, circa 1924-1939
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6244

Duncan Grant, by Stephen Tomlin - NPG 6889

Duncan Grant

by Stephen Tomlin
bronze head, 1924
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6889

Oswald Mosley, by Glyn Warren Philpot - NPG L184

Oswald Mosley

by Glyn Warren Philpot
oil on canvas, 1925
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L184

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Jacques-Emile Blanche - NPG 5229

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Jacques-Emile Blanche
oil on canvas, 1926
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5229

Edith Sitwell, by Maurice Lambert - NPG 5801

Edith Sitwell

by Maurice Lambert
aluminium head, 1985, based on a work of circa 1926-1927
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5801

Winston Churchill, by Walter Richard Sickert - NPG 4438

Winston Churchill

by Walter Richard Sickert
oil on canvas, 1927
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4438

Sir Julian Sorell Huxley, by Mark Gertler - NPG 6534

Sir Julian Sorell Huxley

by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, 1927
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6534

Natalie Bevan (née Ackenhausen, later Denny) ('Supper (Natalie Denny)'), by Mark Gertler - NPG 6877

Natalie Bevan (née Ackenhausen, later Denny) ('Supper (Natalie Denny)')

by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, 1928
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6877

Frederick Delius, by Ernest Procter - NPG 3861

Frederick Delius

by Ernest Procter
oil on millboard, 1929
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3861

Amy Johnson, by Sir John Longstaff - NPG 4201

Amy Johnson

by Sir John Longstaff
oil on canvas, 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4201

Noël Coward, by Paul Hamann - NPG 5404

Noël Coward

by Paul Hamann
bronze life-mask, 1981, based on a work of 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5404

Cedric Morris, by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris - NPG 5407

Cedric Morris

by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris
oil on canvas, circa 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5407

Harriet Cohen, by Ronald Ossory Dunlop - NPG 6165

Harriet Cohen

by Ronald Ossory Dunlop
oil on canvas, circa 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6165

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 2959

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1931
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2959

Virginia Woolf, by Stephen Tomlin - NPG 3882

Virginia Woolf

by Stephen Tomlin
lead bust, 1953, based on a work of 1931
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3882

Aldous Huxley, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG 6717

Aldous Huxley

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1931
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6717

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, by Mark Gertler - NPG 5305

Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss

by Mark Gertler
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5305

Flora Robson, by Dame Ethel Walker - NPG 5972

Flora Robson

by Dame Ethel Walker
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5972

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin, by Reginald Grenville Eves - NPG 3551

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin

by Reginald Grenville Eves
oil on canvas, circa 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3551

Joseph Duveen, Baron Duveen, by Sir William Reid Dick - NPG 3062

Joseph Duveen, Baron Duveen

by Sir William Reid Dick
stone bust, 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3062

King George V, by Sir Oswald Birley - NPG 4013

King George V

by Sir Oswald Birley
oil on canvas, circa 1933
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4013

Ceri Richards, by Ceri Richards - NPG 4909

Ceri Richards

by Ceri Richards
oil on composition board, 1934
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4909

George Bernard Shaw, by Sir Jacob Epstein - NPG 4047

George Bernard Shaw

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4047

Humphrey Spender, by John Banting - NPG 6922

Humphrey Spender

by John Banting
oil on canvas, circa 1934
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6922

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, by Walter Richard Sickert, based on a photograph by  Unknown photographer - NPG 5173

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

by Walter Richard Sickert, based on a photograph by Unknown photographer
oil on canvas, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5173

James Joyce, by Jacques-Emile Blanche - NPG 3883

James Joyce

by Jacques-Emile Blanche
oil on canvas, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3883

Walter Richard Sickert, by Walter Richard Sickert - NPG 3134

Walter Richard Sickert

by Walter Richard Sickert
oil on canvas, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3134

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, by Thomas John Clapperton - NPG 3636

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

by Thomas John Clapperton
bronze bust, 1935
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3636

Antonia White, by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris - NPG 5998

Antonia White

by Sir Cedric Lockwood Morris
oil on canvas, 1936
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5998

Dylan Thomas, by Augustus Edwin John - NPG L213

Dylan Thomas

by Augustus Edwin John
oil on canvas, circa 1937-1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L213

Queen Mary, by Sir William Reid Dick - NPG 4164

Queen Mary

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1960, based on a work of 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4164

Len Harvey, by Thomas Burke - NPG 6832

Len Harvey

by Thomas Burke
oil on canvas, circa 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6832

Neville Chamberlain, by Henry Lamb - NPG 4279

Neville Chamberlain

by Henry Lamb
oil on canvas, circa 1939
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4279

Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart, by Hein Heckroth - NPG 5907

Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart

by Hein Heckroth
oil on board, 1939
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5907

Anna Neagle, by McClelland Barclay - NPG 6054

Anna Neagle

by McClelland Barclay
oil on canvas, 1940
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6054

Sir Arthur George Tansley, by Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn - NPG 6737

Sir Arthur George Tansley

by Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn
oil on canvas, 1940
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6737

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten, by Kenneth Green - NPG 5136

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

by Kenneth Green
oil on canvas, 1943
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5136

Sir Henry Joseph Wood, by Francis Owen ('Frank') Salisbury - NPG 3688

Sir Henry Joseph Wood

by Francis Owen ('Frank') Salisbury
oil on canvas, 1943
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3688

Laurie Lee, by Anthony Devas - NPG 6726

Laurie Lee

by Anthony Devas
oil on canvas, 1944
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6726

Anna Zinkeisen, by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen - NPG 5884

Anna Zinkeisen

by Anna Katrina Zinkeisen
oil on canvas, circa 1944
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5884

Roald Dahl, by Sir Matthew Smith - NPG L255

Roald Dahl

by Sir Matthew Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1944
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L255

Aneurin Bevan, by Peter Lambda - NPG 4993

Aneurin Bevan

by Peter Lambda
bronze head, 1974, based on a work of 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4993

Ernest Bevin, by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale - NPG 3921

Ernest Bevin

by Thomas Cantrell Dugdale
oil on canvas, circa 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3921