Dates are subject to change
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.
19 June - 31 August 2015
This new display celebrates the eightieth birthday of the Gallery’s former director Sir Roy Strong who, with photographer John Swannell, has devised a series of portraits that transport Sir Roy through time, inventing and reinventing him as an array of historical characters.
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 - 26 July 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.
3 August 2015 - 1 April 2016
25 November 2014 - 2 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 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31
1 June - 1 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.
18 November 2014 - 19 September 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 - 12 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.
14 July 2015 - 1 March 2016
Room 29: case display
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.
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.
1 July - 10 October 2015
Room 37 and 37a
Creative Connections is a four-year project connecting young people with contemporary artists to create a series of new artworks inspired by the Gallery’s Collection.
The spotlights for the third year of the project are the London borough of Camden and the portraits and biographies of people who have local connections. The project partner is Haverstock school and the artist is photographer Kate Peters. Together they explored the Gallery and its photographic Collection, the history of the borough and created new portraits in response to these. The students and Kate’s work will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in the display.
11 June - 28 September 2015
Room 41 and 41a
Friendship Portraits, a display of paintings and drawings by Chantal Joffe and Ishbel Myerscough, captures their very particular artistic collaboration. Self-portraits, portraits of each other and portraits of their children explore their lives and shared history from their student days to the present.
Supported by the William Brake Charitable Trust