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

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6921

Dame Christabel Pankhurst

by Ethel Wright
oil on canvas, exhibited 1909
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6921

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

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

5802

George Leigh Mallory

by Duncan Grant
oil on panel, 1912
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5802

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

4981

Spencer Frederick Gore

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

4432

Henry Lamb

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

6446

Malcolm Drummond

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

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

4331

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1918
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4331

1894

Sir John William Alcock

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

6095

Lady Ottoline Morrell

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

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

4698

E. M. Forster

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

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

2099

Sir James George Frazer

by Emile Antoine Bourdelle
bronze bust, 1925 (1922)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2099

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

6244

Oskar Kokoschka

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

6889

Duncan Grant

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

L184

Sir Oswald Mosley, 6th Bt

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

5229

Violet Trefusis

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

5801

Dame Edith Sitwell

by Maurice Lambert
aluminium head, 1985 (circa 1926-1927)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5801

4438

Winston Churchill

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

6534

Sir Julian Sorell Huxley

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

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

3861

Frederick Delius

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

4201

Amy Johnson

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

5826

Edward Burra

by John Banting
oil on board, 1930s
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5826

5404

Noël Coward

by Paul Hamann
bronze life-mask, 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5404

2959

Ramsay MacDonald

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

3882

Virginia Woolf

by Stephen Tomlin
lead bust, 1931
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3882

2935

Ernest Rutherford, Baron Rutherford

by Sir (Herbert) James Gunn
oil on canvas, 1932
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2935

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

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

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

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

4909

Ceri Richards

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

4047

George Bernard Shaw

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

6922

Humphrey Spender

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

5173

William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook

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

3883

James Joyce

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

3134

Walter Richard Sickert

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

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

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

4164

Queen Mary

by Sir William Reid Dick
bronze bust, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4164

3635

Beatrix Potter

by Delmar Banner
oil on canvas, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3635

6832

Len Harvey

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

L224

Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry

by Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry
oil on canvas, 1938
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L224

4279

(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain

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

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

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

5136

Peter Pears; Benjamin Britten

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

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

6726

Laurie Lee

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

4993

Aneurin Bevan

by Peter Lambda
bronze head, 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4993

3921

Ernest Bevin

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

L165

Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

by Francis Owen ('Frank') Salisbury
oil on canvas, 1945
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L165

4593

Clement Attlee

by George Harcourt
oil on canvas, 1946
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4593

5138

Sir William Turner Walton

by Michael Ayrton
oil on canvas, 1948
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5138

6905

Jawaharlal Nehru

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1948
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6905