New Galleries: Early 20th Century
Brand new gallery spaces devoted to our early 20th Century Collection opened on 4 November 2017. The creation of these new galleries has been made possible by a grant from the DCMS/ Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund, and sees a number of recently acquired portraits go on public display for the first time.
The new galleries offer a fresh approach to the presentation and interpretation of portraits from the period 1900 to 1960. Four new rooms will hold 121 portraits, displayed chronologically, twenty per cent more works the National Portrait Gallery’s previous early 20th century galleries. Split into four main periods: The early 20th century; The Great War; The interwar years and the Second World War and Post-War recovery, the portraits on display show individuals from various walks of life depicted at similar moments, in an era of radical and rapid change. Sitters featured include Virginia Woolf, Sir Jacob Epstein, Dame Christabel Pankhurst, Sir Winston Churchill, King George V, Sir Kingsley Amis, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Roald Dahl, Dame Edith Sitwell, Amy Johnson, James Joyce, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Radclyffe Hall and Vanessa Bell.