Dame Margaret Natalie ('Maggie') Smith

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Dame Margaret Natalie ('Maggie') Smith, by James Lloyd, 2012 - NPG 6955 - © National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions

© National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions

Dame Margaret Natalie ('Maggie') Smith

by James Lloyd
oil on canvas, 2012
74 7/8 in. x 47 3/8 in. (1902 mm x 1202 mm)
Commissioned; made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions, 2012
Primary Collection
NPG 6955


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Sittings for this portrait began in 2011, and took place in between Dame Maggie's filming commitments. Informally dressed, she is shown sitting on a purpose-built trompe-l'oeil platform at the painter's studio in Southwark. Lloyd chose to portray the actress in a frank, contemporary style; a contrast to the manner in which she appears for film and television roles.