Past displays

2014 displays
Hans Holbein Re-made: Copies and versions of portraits from the Tudor court 4 March 2014 - 26 August 2014
Mystery Portrait Postcards and Pen Portraits 12 February 2014 - 13 February 2014
2013 displays
Ben Okri on Ayuba Suleiman Diallo: A Dialogue Across Time 20 September 2013 - 27 July 2014
Starring Vivien Leigh: A Centenary Celebration 30 November 2013 - 27 July 2014
Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century 18 November 2013 - 13 July 2014
Benjamin Britten: A Life in Pictures 5 November 2013 - 30 June 2014
French Master Chefs in the 1930s 12 August 2013 - 29 June 2014
Michael Peto Photographs: Mandela to McCartney 17 September 2013 - 12 June 2014
Janey Morris: Pre-Raphaelite Muse 12 November 2013 - 11 May 2014
Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits 27 September 2013 - 5 May 2014
Spreading the Word: Bishops from across the Globe 15 July 2013 - 30 March 2014
Queens and Consorts: Likeness in Life and Death 12 June 2013 - 2 March 2014
William Nicholson Woodcuts 26 March 2013 - 2 March 2014
Bob Dylan: Face Value 24 August 2013 - 12 January 2014
Achievement: New Photographs 2011-2013 14 September - 5 January 2014
Jonathan Yeo Portraits 11 September - 5 January 2014
Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor 30 March - 24 November 2013
Characters and Caricatures: Photographs by Herbert Watkins 3 June - 17 November 2013
Alexander Bassano: Victorian Photographer 25 March - 10 November 2013
Francis Goodman: Back in Focus 23 April - 3 November 2013
Patrick Heron: Studies for a portrait of T.S. Eliot 26 January - 22 September 2013
Scandal ’63: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Profumo Affair 30 April - 15 September 2013
Creative Connections 10 June – 8 September 2013
Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised 7 March - 1 September 2013
Henry and Catherine Reunited 24 January - 1 September 2013
Hidden: Unseen Paintings Beneath Tudor Portraits 3 January - 9 June 2013
2012 displays
Humphrey Ocean: A handbook of modern life 23 November 2012 - 1 September 2013
Cornelia Sorabji: India’s First Woman Lawyer 17 December 2012 - 11 August 2013
Diplomatic Dignitaries 18 December 2012 - 14 July 2013
Portraits by Contemporary Photographers 29 September 2012 - 07 July 2013
Fred Daniels: Cinema Portraits 28 September 2012 - 20 June 2013
Portraits of G.F. Watts 19 June 2012 - 9 June 2013
Victorian Masquerade 22 October 2012 - 2 June 2013
The Art of Drawing: Portraits from the Collection, 1670-1780 19 October 2012 - 19 May 2013
Neil Libbert: Photojournalist 17 September 2012 - 28 April 2013
The Bloomsbury Poet & The Cambridge Photographer: Julian Bell & Lettice Ramsey 17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013
Early English Kings: Medieval Monuments Remade 3 April 2012 - 31 March 2013
Bob Collins: Shooting Stars 17 September 2012 - 21 April 2013
Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair 29 September 2012 - 24 March 2013
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912 17 July 2012 - 24 March 2013
Artist & Evangelist: Lives 14 August 2012 - 24 March 2013
On Paper: Portraits of Writers 27 June 2012 - 3 March 2013
Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits 3 October 2012 - 3 February 2013
Thomas Struth 15 May 2012 - 20 January 2013
Olympic Encounters in 1908 29 May 2012 - 15 January 2013
Poetry of Motion 27 June 2012 - 8 January 2013
Viceroys of India 23 April - 16 December 2012
First Exposure: Photographs 1961-2010 22 June - 18 November 2012
The Tichborne Trials 3 April - 21 October 2012
Queens in Waiting: Charlotte & Victoria 26 November - 14 October 2012
Road to 2012 19 July - 23 September 2012
Spotlight on Peter Rand 17 April - 16 September 2012
Famous in the Fifties: Photographs by Daniel Farson 19 March - 16 September 2012
Cambridge Connections: Photographs by Antony Barrington Brown 19 March - 16 September 2012
Double Take: Versions and Copies of Tudor Portraits 26 June - 6 September 2012
Contemporary Portraits 1 March - 22 April 2012
2011 displays
Beautiful Souls 5 December 2011 - 12 August 2012
Victorian Connections 8 December 2011 - 19 July 2012
Cavendish Morton: A Man of Many Parts 12 December 2011 - 15 July 2012
Sandra Lousada: Work and Performance 28 November 2011 - 9 July 2012
Imagined Lives: Portraits of Unknown People 3 December 2011 - 8 July 2012
Richard Hamilton: Portraits of the Artist 19 December 2011 - 13 May 2012
Charles Dickens: Life & Legacy 25 October 2011 - 22 April 2012
Scott of the Antarctic 16 August 2011 - 22 April 2012
Private Eye: Photographs by Lewis Morley 31 October 2011 - 15 April 2012
Sir Terence Rattigan 1 September 2011 - 15 April 2012
Changing the Female Lot: Josephine Butler and Harriet Martineau 26 April 2011 - 10 April 2012
Augustus John: A Life in Portraits 26 July 2011 - 18 March 2012
Herbert Morrison: The Cockney Socialist 26 July 2011 - 18 March 2012
William Dobson 1611-46 17 August 2011 - 18 March 2012
The Actress Now 20 October 2011 - 8 January 2012
Chasing Mirrors: Reflections on identity, art and culture 14 October 2011 - 8 January 2012
Comedians: From the 1940s to now 17 September 2011 - 8 January 2012
Sir James Dyson by Julian Opie: New Commission 6 August 2011 - 2 January 2012
Now and Then: Photographs by John Swannell 19 April 2011 - 2 January 2012
Christabel Pankhurst 10 May - 11 December 2011
Tony Bevan Self-Portraits 24 March - 11 December 2011
The Southwell Brothers: Photographers Royal 9 May - 6 December 2011
Picturing History: A portrait set of early kings and queens 19 July - 4 December 2011
Gilbert & Sullivan 8 March - 4 December 2011
Only Connect 16 April - 27 November 2011
Mick Jagger: Young in the 60s 3 May - 27 November 2011
From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings 2 April - 20 November 2011
Peace ridiculed: caricatures by Honoré Daumier 15 February - 23 October 2011
Road to 2012: Changing Pace 25 July - 25 September 2011
Sixteen by Fourteen: Recent Photographic Acquisitions 7 February - 9 October 2011
Sarah Lucas Self-Portraits 19 March - 11 September 2011
Edgar Holloway 6 December 2010 - 31 August 2011
Camden Town and Beyond 27 November 2010 - 31 August 2011
Michael Landy: Art World Portraits 5 February - 31 July 2011
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo 20 January - 30 July 2011
2010 displays
Ballet In Focus 14 December 2010 - 24 July 2011
Anglo-Zulu War, 1879 13 December 2010 - 14 August 2011
H Walter Barnett: Women of Note 15 November 2010 - 8 May 2011
Circles of Influence: G.F. Watts, Alphonse Legros and the Slade 7 September 2010 - 8 May 2011
From Where I Stand: Photographs by Mary McCartney 4 October 2010 - 2 May 2011
Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Brontë 7 September 2010 - 25 April 2011
An Englishman in New York: Photographs by Jason Bell 14 August 2010 - 17 April 2011
Twentieth Century Portraits Photographs by Dmitri Kasterine 11 September 2010 - 3 April 2011
British Artists in Rome: The John Partridge Sketchbook, 1823 - 27 21 August 2010 - 27 March 2011
Bridget Riley: From Life 15 May 2010 - 20 March 2011
The Head of Isabella Blow by Noble and Webster 18 September 2010 - 13 March 2011
Mrs Patrick Campbell 1865 - 1940 15 June 2010 - 6 March 2011
William Holman Hunt 1827 - 1910 15 June 2010 - 6 March 2011
Alfred Chalon at the Opera 25 May 2010 - 13 February 2011
Chasing Mirrors 15 October 2010 - 9 January 2011
Florence Nightingale 17 May - 12 December 2010
Great British Composers: From Elgar to Adès 27 April - 12 December 2010
Science, Religion and Politics: The Royal Society 11 September - 5 December 2010
D.H. Lawrence and Lady Chatterley’s Lover 12 April - 5 December 2010
Road to 2012 20 July - 26 September 2010
Glastonbury Photographs by Venetia Dearden 19 April - 26 September 2010
Concealed and Revealed: The Changing Faces of Elizabeth I 13 March - 26 September 2010
Alex Katz Portraits 15 May - 21 September 2010
Drawing Portraits 16 January - 12 September 2010
Philip de László 27 March - 5 September 2010
The Dalziel Brothers: A Family of Engravers 8 March - 5 September 2010
Victoria Chalk Portraits 12 January - 5 September 2010
Lady Jane Grey 19 December 2009 - 15 August 2010
Benjamin Disraeli 13 January - 15 August 2010
Format Photography Agency 1983 - 2003 21 January - 8 August 2010
Queen and Country: a Project by Steve McQueen 20 March - 18 July 2010
Contemporary Connections: The Singh Twins 11 March - 23 June 2010
The Brothers Sarony 20 October 2009 - 13 June 2010
Recent Acquisitions: Photographs of the 2000s 5 February - 3 May 2010
2009 displays
F.W.H. Myers by Eveleen Myers 16 March 2009 - 14 November 2010
Caricatures by Edwin Landseer 16 November 2009 - 23 May 2010
Boer War portraits by Inglis Sheldon-Williams 9 November 2009 - 16 May 2010
John Gibbons: Portraits 12 September 2009 - 9 May 2010
Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings 31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010
Jane Bown Exposures 1 December 2009 - 18 April 2010
The Brothers Sarony 20 October 2009 - 31 March 2010
Twiggy: A Life in Photographs 19 September 2009 - 21 March 2010
Salome: Oscar Wilde and Maud Allan 13 July 2009 - 7 March 2010
Science in Focus: Portraits of Scientists 26 August 2009 - 17 January 2010
Quentin Crisp: the naked civil servant 7 July 2009 - 10 January 2010
George Always: Portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling 27 June 2009 - 10 January 2010
Victorian Chalk Portraits 8 June - 31 December 2009
The Life and Lives of Dr Johnson 18 July - 14 December 2009
Bob Dylan 1966 European Tour 11 May - 29 November 2009
Alfred, Lord Tennyson 30 March - 15 November 2009
Adams, Park and Gregory: Photographs 1910s - 1950s 5 March - 25 October 2009
Soft Lights and Sweet Music: Photographs of Elisabeth Welch 5 March - 25 October 2009
Ricketts and Shannon: A creative partnership 23 March - 18 October 2009
Victorian Women Explorers 17 November 2008 - 30 September 2009
Francis Alÿs: Fabiola 2 May - 20 September 2009
Martin Amis and Friends: Photographs by Angela Gorgas 10 January - 13 September 2009
Frank Auerbach: Four Portraits of Catherine Lampert 14 March - 6 September 2009
Portraits of Astronomers 21 March - 16 August 2009
Stephen Spender 13 January - 5 July 2009
Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species 19 January - 30 June 2009
Faces of Poetry: Contemporary Photographs 24 January - 21 June 2009
Jillian Edelstein: In Focus 14 February - 19 April 2009
2008 displays
Henry VIII Remembered 20 December 2008 - 12 July 2009
Shakespeare and his Circle 4 October 2008 - 1 July 2009
Iconic Images: The Vanity Fair Anniversary Book 20 October 2008 - 1 April 2009
William Ewart Gladstone 1 September 2008 - 29 March 2009
Edwardian Stage and Society: Sketches by R. G Mathews 2 September 2008 - 22 March 2009
Queen Victoria's Children 2 September 2008 - 15 March 2009
Duncan Grant (1885-1978) 12 July 2008 - 15 March 2009
Pietro Annigoni: Princess Margaret 13 September 2008 - 8 March 2009
Quiz: Sketches and cartoons by Powy Evans 4 October 2008 - 1 March 2009
Performance 29 September 2008 - 1 March 2009
Champions: Portraits by Anderson & Low 30 October 2008 - 8 March 2009
Recent commission: Zaha Hadid 30 September 2008 - 11 January 2009
Sporting Lives: Contemporary Portraits of Athletes and Olympians 12 July 2008 - 11 January 2009
War Poets 26 July 2008 - 11 January 2009
People of Today: Faces of Wales 1 December 2008 - 5 January 2009
Bern Schwartz 19 July 2008 - 4 January 2009
Charles I: King and Martyr  19 July - 14 December 2008
Painting the Boy King 24 May - 7 December 2008
Ellen Terry 7 June - 9 November 2008
Guest Star Portraits 28 April - 2 November 2008
Jason Brooks: Paul Nurse and Other Works 24 May - 26 October 2008
Eamonn McCabe: Artists and their Studios 16 June - 19 October 2008
Recent commission: Johnson Beharry Until September 2008
Athletes & Olympians 20 March - 28 September 2008
Want to see more of me?: Donald MacLellan 25 April - 21 September 2008
Fashion Portraits: recent acquisitions Until 21 September 2008
Anthony Caro: Portraits  20 March - 7 September 2008
Recent acquisition: John Donne  Until September 2008
Mary, Queen of Scots Until September 2008
Men of the Day: Caricatures from Vanity Fair Until 31 August 2008
Victorian Women Historians 13 March - 31 August 2008
William Morris by Frederick Hollyer Until 4 July 2008
Recent acquisition: Sir George Rooke Until July 2008
The Search for the Source of the Nile 28 January - 27 July 2008
Jazz In London: Walter Hanlon 21 January - 20 July 2008
Recent acquisition: John Collier: An artist at work 30 March - 19 July 2008
Yousuf Karsh 15 January - 6 July 2008
Modern Muses by Bryan Adams 13 March - 15 June 2008
Underexposed 1 April - 8 June 2008
2007 displays
John Kay: Portraits of Curious Characters 15 December 2007 - 13 July 2008
Portrait of an Artist December 2007 - June 2008
The Artist's Process 4 December 2007 - 1 June 2008
Shutting Up Shop 5 November 2007 - 4 May 2008
Born 1947 - Camera Press at 60 30 October 2007 - 20 April 2008
Private View 24 September 2007 - 16 March 2008
Lives and Letters 15 September 2007 - 9 March 2008
Joseph Conrad 28 September 2007 - 12 February 2008
Alexandra of Denmark 28 September 2007 - 13 January 2008
George Augustus Sala 28 September 2007 - 13 January 2008
Captain Scott's Last Expedition: Photographs by Herbert George Ponting September 2007 - February 2008
W.H. Auden 28 July 2007 - 20 January 2008
Diana, Princess of Wales 14 July 2007 - 13 January 2008
Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain 7 July - 9 December 2007
Sir Leslie Stephen 5 April - 9 December 2007
Devotional 16 June - 25 November 2007
21st Century Portraits 16 July - 28 October 2007
In the Making: Fashion and Advertising 2 July - 14 October 2007
Dadabhai Naoroji March - September 2007
Maurice and Edward Detmold March - September 2007
Victorian Photographs by Elliott and Fry 20 January - 23 September 2007
Caricatures by Barry Fantoni 23 June - 20 September 2007
John Linnell: Portraits 24 March - 9 September 2007
Blair at War: Photographs by Nick Danziger 24 February - 15 July 2007
Clear Vision: Brockhurst, Frampton and Kelly January - 11 July 2007
Thomas Frye's Fancy Heads 9 December 2006 - 1 July 2007
Walter Benington: Pictorial Portraits 9 December 2006 - 17 June 2007
Women Writers 9 December 2006 - 17 June 2007
Different Worlds: Contemporary Responses to Migration 5 March - 17 June 2007
Jim Dine - The Artist's Face 16 December 2006 - 10 June 2007
Individuals: 20 portraits from the Gap Collection 12 February 2007 - 28 May 2007
Faith and Church: Portraits by Don McCullin 3 February 2007 - 13 May 2007
Artists and Sitters From 21 April 2007
2006 displays
Photographs 1965-2006 28 October 2006 - 8 April 2007
Chartist Portraits 5 August 2006 - 22 March 2007
Pet Shop Boys 30 October 2006 - 4 March 2007
Sir Benjamin Stone's Parliamentary Pictures 5 August 2006 - 14 January 2007
John Gay 29 July - 3 December 2006
Pulling Faces 24 June - 3 December 2006
Portraits on Paper 29 July - 3 December 2006
Mostly Women 6 June - 30 October 2006
The Beatles on the Balcony 5 July - 22 October 2006
First Showing 11 February - 17 September 2006
Faces of Wales 8 May - 17 September 2006
A Picture of Health: Portraits by Julia Fullerton-Batten 6 June - 17 September 2006
Benjamin's Britain 13 June - 10 September 2006
Fergus Greer: Photographer in Focus 7 March - 10 September 2006
The Face of Monarchy 11 February - 6 September 2006
Royal Court Theatre 25 January - 2 July 2006
Harley Granville-Barker 28 January - 3 August 2006
Lillah McCarthy 28 January - 3 August 2006
Born in 1856 24 January - 3 August 2006
The Royal Ballet at 75 14 January -23 July 2006
Andy Warhol: 10 Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century 24 January - 2 July 2006
Most people are other people 28 January - 11 June 2006
Commissioning Photographs: 1917-1970 23 January - 4 June 2006
Chinese Connections 27 January - 28 March 2006
150 Years: The National Portrait Gallery From 11 February 2006
2005 displays
Sir George Scharf 17 December 2005 - 18 June 2006
Sir Edward Burbe-Jones September 2005 - June 2006
Heads of Government: Photographs by David Partner 18 October 2005 – 5 March 2006
A Question of Identity: Self-Portrait Photographs 1850 – 2000 20 September 2005 - 29 January 2006
Sir Henry Irving 10 September 2005- 29 January 2006
Popular Prints of Victoria and Albert 10 September 2005 – 29 January 2006
New Photographic Acquisitions 28 November 2005 - 26 January 2006
Cornel Lucas: Shooting Stars 27 July 2005 – 22 January 2006
Samuel Beckett 18 June 2005 - 8 January 2006
Portraits of Josh Nash 18 June 2005 – 8 January 2006
Twentieth Century Printmakers 18 June 2005 – 8 January 2006
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot 17 September - 18 December 2005
Nelson: before and after Trafalgar 2 July - 11 December 2005
25 Years of i-D 3 October - 29 November 2005
Cameroon – London 8 July - 16 October 2005
Derry Moore Photographs 6 April - 16 October 2005
Recent commissions and acquisitions 20 July - 25 September 2005
Defying Distance 14 June - 25 September 2005
Bloomsbury and Beyond 31 May - 19 September 2005
Charles Conder From 10 September 2005
Punch’s artist June - September 2005
George Moore June - September 2005
Harry Borden on Business 1 April - 3 July 2005
One Hundred Years ago 8 February - 15 June 2005
Our Journeys Our Stories 29 April - 10 June 2005
Goddesses and Others 17 January - 30 May 2005
Jane Bown 8 February - 28 April 2005
2004 displays
Robert Baden-Powell 18 December 2004 - January 2006
Victorian Women by Walery 18 December 2004 - 4 September 2005
Silhouettes 11 September 2004 - 26 June 2005
Anna May Wong 8 December 2004 - 15 June 2005
Paul Tanqueray: Young in the Twenties 8 December 2004 - 15 June 2005
Juliet Pannett: Chronicler of her Times 8 December 2004 - 15 June 2005
A Blueprint for Life: Designers photographed by Steve Speller 17 September 2004 - 30 March 2005
Margery Allingham 27 May 2004 - 6 February 2005
Seizing an instant: Photographs by Roger Mayne 12 June - 5 December 2004
Tudor Miniatures From 6 November 2004
Theodore de Mayerne 27 May - 26 September 2004
Britain 1960-1990 From 18 September 2004
James Hunkin: Faces of Science 20 April - 15 September 2004
Late Eighteenth Century Prints and Drawings 17 April - 5 September 2004
Gaiety Girls 5 April - 31 August 2004
Bill Brandt: Portraits 7 May - 22 August 2004
Lucian Freud in the Studio 30 March - 1 August 2004
Jopling and London life Until 4 July 2004
Leighton Family Portraits Until 4 July 2004
Mario Testino: New Acquisitions 24 January - 13 June 2004
Centenary of flight Until 8 June 2004
2003 displays
Alexander Browne and Richard Tompson 8 November 2003 - 12 April 2004
Designer Faces 20 September 2003 - 25 March 2004
Terry O’Neill: Celebrity 6 September 2003 - 14 March 2004
Change in a century of Extremes From 12 December 2003
She Bop 8 July - 3 November 2003
William Hazlitt’s Spirit of the Age 20 May - 2 November 2003
Restoration Lives: Samuel Pepys and His Circle 31 March - 26 October 2003
DJs by Chris Lopez 7 July - 28 September 2003
Albert Mansbridge and the WEA 5 April - 28 September 2003
Baron Studios: Portraits of the 1950s 5 April - 28 September 2003
Brother and Sister: The Sassoons 5 April - 28 September 2003
British Blondes 3 March - 6 July 2003
1916: The Trial of Roger Casement From 2 July 2003
Five Double Portraits: New work by David Hockney 16 January - 29 June 2003
Iconic Women in the Press 6 February - 26 May 2003
The Burlington Magazine Centenary From 26 March 2003
2002 displays
Blow Up: Sixties Photography Exposed 21 September 2002 - 27 April 2003
Local Heroes 26 October 2002 - 30 March 2003
Before Windrush: Images of Black and Asian Figures 14 September 2002 - 23 March 2003
Sir Kenneth Macmillan 14 September 2002 - 23 March 2003
In Close Up: Humphrey Spender 14 September 2002 - 14 March 2003
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee 1 June 2002 - 9 February 2003
The Art Establishment: Photographs by Lucy Dickens 10 September 2002 - 2 February 2003
Authors of Murder: Photographs by Nicola Kurtz 4 November 2002 - February 2003
In the Picture Until 20 October 2002
Managing Partners: Photographs by Jillian Edelstein, Tom Miller and Dudley Reed 5 March - 30 June
Anthony Buckley 20 April - 18 September 2002
Mary, Queen of Scots: Fact and Fiction Mary, Queen of Scots: Fact and Fiction 24 August 2002 - 5 May 2003
The Contenders: Sporting Portraits by Anderson & Low 25 February - 7 July 2002
2001 displays
Reviewers Revealed: Celebrating the TLS Centenary 7 November 2001 - 3 March 2002
In the City: Edward Barber 29 August 2001 - 3 March 2002
Contemporary women Artists 22 October 2001 - 24 February 2002
The Duke of Wellington: Sketches from a Military Life 14 July 2001 - 2 January 2002
Fergus Greer: Directors 2 July - 21 October 2001
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 7 July - 9 September 2001
Portrait in Mind: 100 Years of British Psychology 9 May - 27 August 2001
Portraits in Profile: The Dighton Family 6 January - 8 July 2001
Strip Until 1 July 2001
Gemma Levine 22 January - 8 April 2001
2000 displays
The House of Lords and the House of Commons 1 July 2000 - 1 January 2001
Management today, Management tomorrow 10 March - 17 September 2000
Centenaries and Centenarians 5 February - 11 August 2000
John Hedgecoe: Portraits 24 March - 18 June 2000
Portraits Drawings 1580 – 1835 Until June 2000
Writers and Scientists Until February 2000