Dates are subject to change
2 November 2015 - 21 February 2016
This Spotlight celebrates the work of American modernist photographers in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery and the recent acquisition of a portrait of John Piper by Walker Evans.
16 September 2015 - 4 January 2016
Across the Gallery
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 - 14 February 2016
19 February - 4 December 2016
From the mid-sixteenth century, costume in England saw fantastical elaborations, extravagance and distortion. Collars and ruffs were a striking feature of this phenomenon, and of the portraiture of the age, as sitters sought ways to demonstrate their wealth and fashionable status. This small display explores the representation of these accessories in the period 1560-1640.
4 September 2015 - 3 January 2016
Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) was the most influential portrait painter ever to work in Britain. This display looks at the artist’s work and how he transformed British portraiture. Comprising portraits from the Gallery’s own Collection, supplemented by two rarely-seen paintings of King Charles I and Henrietta Maria from Chequers, the self-portrait is set alongside other works by the artist, paintings from his studio and portraits by his contemporaries and followers.
Organised with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund
9 January 2016 - 3 January 2017
3 August 2015 - 24 April 2016
12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31: case displays
15 December - 4 September 2016
Room 25: case display
1 June - 13 December 2015
Room 25: case display
21 September 2015 - 20 March 2016
Room 28: case display
This display explores key social and professional relationships that were to prove vital to the success of his practice, through portraits of figures from the London art world, the nineteenth-century museum world and the aristocracy.
14 July 2015 - 28 March 2016
Room 29: case display
27 October 2015 - 5 June 2016
Room 31: case display
28 October 2015 - 10 January 2016