Refurbishment of Rooms 30 and 31

Rooms 30 and 31 will be closed for refurbishment from 18 April until early-November 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

This work is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s future plan to refresh our galleries and renew the display of our portraits. The renovated rooms will reopen in November 2017 and create a bright and flexible gallery to house a new display of early-twentieth-century portraits.

During the closure paintings from the early-twentieth-century collection will be on display in Room 22 including Jean Simmons and Roald Dahl by Sir Matthew Smith, Dylan Thomas and Lady Ottoline Morrell by Augustus Edwin John and Dame Christabel Pankhurst by Ethel Wright. There is also a case display of photographs of First World War Poets in Room 22 (from 17 April) and photographs from the period 1840-1940 can be seen in Room 29. Girl in Bed (L258) by Lucian Freud is on show in Room 32 together with works from the late twentieth-century collection (1960-2000).