Self image

Devised by Sadie Lee & Liz Rideal


This part of the website deals with both male and female self-portraits - almost all of the examples are taken from the National Portrait Gallery collection. All the images are self-portraits.

This resource is particularly relevant to Key Stage 3, Unit 7A, Self-image.

For an exclusively feminine view see... Mirror Mirror

Michael Dahl, by Michael Dahl, 1691 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Dahl
by Michael Dahl
NPG 3822

Mary Beale, by Mary Beale, circa 1665 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Beale
by Mary Beale
circa 1665
NPG 1687

A self-portrait can be as varied and limitless as our imaginations. It is more than a mere mirror reflection. A self-portrait can be an exact likeness or an abstract whirl of thoughts and feelings. It has the potential to create a myth, tell a story, suggest sadness or joy. A self-portrait is a person's version of themselves.