© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Victoria Kate Russell Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
72 in. x 48 in. (1828 mm x 1220 mm)
Commissioned as part of the First Prize, BP Portrait Award, 2000, 2002
Painted from life, this portrait was made in the actress' London home over a period of three months.
- Audio Guide
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 26
- Nairne, Sandy (introduction), 500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award, 2011, p. 25
- Nairne, Sandy; Howgate, Sarah, The Portrait Now, 2006, p. 132
- Perry, Gill (introduction) Roach, Joseph (appreciation) and West, Shearer (appreciation), The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012), p. 136
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