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16 September 2015 - 4 January 2016
Historian Simon Schama joins forces with National Portrait Gallery curators to create five new displays exploring the development, character and meanings of British portraiture.
14 March 2015 - 17 January 2016
10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Recent investigation has revealed what may be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell beneath a portrait of the army officer Sir Arthur Hesilrige.
15 April - 13 September 2015
Prolific and successful in his lifetime, Cornelius Johnson is the forgotten man of 17th-century British art. This display looks at a range of his paintings including rarely seen portraits of the King’s children.
18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Throughout British history, the reigning monarch has operated a system of favouritism by which loyalty, support and achievement have been rewarded with privileges, titles and membership of exclusive groups. This system has been central to the hierarchy of traditional British society and has helped to protect the monarch and assert the crown’s authority.
25 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
A focus on the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of American heiresses marrying into British aristocracy. The display will explore how women such as Mary Curzon and Jennie Churchill became charismatic leaders of British society.
12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.
18 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 28: case display
A range of nineteenth century Punch self-portraits, photographs of sculptors and Jewish personalities throws light on the writer and art historian Marion Harry Spielmann’s work, and his decades of generosity towards the Gallery.
18 November 2014 - 1 July 2015
This display showcases three self-portrait sketches by one of the most influential art teachers of the twentieth century, Henry Tonks (1862-1937). The studies were made on the eve of the First World War, while Tonks was a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art.
17 February - 25 October 2015
This display looks at the role women played during the war through a selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Photographic Collection.
1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
18 March - 31 August 2015
13 April - 31 August 2015
This display, fresh from its sensational showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013, is the result of six years spent with the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent. The artist's charming and poignant portraits raise universal questions about nationality, ethnic origin, and the nature of diaspora.
5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
This display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the Gallery in 2013, and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.