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Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

Room 5 The National Portrait Gallery has the best collection of early British self-portraits in the world. This display, the second of three to be held at the Gallery as part of the tour of the recently acquired Van Dyck self-portrait, considers the painting in the context of this fascinating collection. It includes the earliest oil self-portrait painted in Britain, as well as works by Isaac Oliver, Sir Peter Lely and Mary Beale. A highlight will be the striking self-portrait by William Dobson, on loan from a private collection, which hung as a pair with the Van Dyck portrait for 300 years.

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See also: Room 5: miniature case

27 portraits on display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Frances, Countess of Somerset, studio of William Larkin - NPG 1955

Frances, Countess of Somerset

studio of William Larkin
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1615
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1955

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford), by William Larkin - NPG 6976

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

by William Larkin
oil on panel, circa 1618
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6976

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens - NPG 2391

Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel

by Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, 1629
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2391

King Charles II, by Unknown artist - NPG 6403

King Charles II

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1630
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6403

King Charles I, by Daniel Mytens - NPG 1246

King Charles I

by Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, 1631
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1246

Henrietta Maria, by Unknown artist, background by  Hendrik van Steenwyck - NPG 1247

Henrietta Maria

by Unknown artist, background by Hendrik van Steenwyck
oil on canvas, circa 1635
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1247

William Laud, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 171

William Laud

after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, (circa 1636)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 171

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 4531

Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford

studio of Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1636
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4531

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 5964

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny

by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1638
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5964

The Capel Family, by Cornelius Johnson - NPG 4759

The Capel Family

by Cornelius Johnson
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4759

Sir Edmund Verney, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG L202

Sir Edmund Verney

by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L202

John Pym, by or after Edward Bower - NPG 6650

John Pym

by or after Edward Bower
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6650

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine, by Gerrit van Honthorst - NPG 4519

Prince Rupert, Count Palatine

by Gerrit van Honthorst
oil on panel, feigned oval, circa 1641-1642
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4519

Richard Neville, by William Dobson - NPG 5382

Richard Neville

by William Dobson
oil on canvas, circa 1643
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5382

Oliver Cromwell, by Robert Walker - NPG 536

Oliver Cromwell

by Robert Walker
oil on canvas, circa 1649
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 536

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker, by Unknown artist - NPG 1961

King Charles I; Sir Edward Walker

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1961

Henry Ireton, copy attributed to Robert Walker, after  Samuel Cooper, and  Sir Anthony Van Dyck - NPG 3301

Henry Ireton

copy attributed to Robert Walker, after Samuel Cooper, and Sir Anthony Van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3301

John Lambert, after Robert Walker - NPG 252

John Lambert

after Robert Walker
oil on canvas, (circa 1650-1655)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 252

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron, by Unknown artist - NPG 5284

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron

by Unknown artist
lead bust, circa 1650
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5284

Anne Killigrew, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Anne Killigrew - NPG D30437

Anne Killigrew

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Anne Killigrew
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D30437

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  Nicolas de Largillière - NPG D30418

Nicolas de Largillière; his wife and two children

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Nicolas de Largillière
mezzotint, 1686
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D30418

Willem Wissing, by John Smith, after  Willem Wissing - NPG D4869

Willem Wissing

by John Smith, after Willem Wissing
mezzotint, 1687
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D4869

Abraham Danielzsoon Hondius (de Hont or de Hond), by and published by John Smith, after  Abraham Danielzsoon Hondius (de Hont or de Hond) - NPG D3070

Abraham Danielzsoon Hondius (de Hont or de Hond)

by and published by John Smith, after Abraham Danielzsoon Hondius (de Hont or de Hond)
mezzotint, 1689
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D3070

Godfried Schalcken, by and published by John Smith, after  Godfried Schalcken - NPG D11495

Godfried Schalcken

by and published by John Smith, after Godfried Schalcken
mezzotint, 1694 (1694)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D11495

Thomas Murray, by and published by John Smith, after  Thomas Murray - NPG D4679

Thomas Murray

by and published by John Smith, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1696
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D4679

John Lambert, by John Smith, after  John Lambert - NPG D3523

John Lambert

by John Smith, after John Lambert
mezzotint, 1697
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D3523

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John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
On display in Room 5 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D1340