Past exhibitions

Exhibition title, dates and visitor numbers.

2014 exhibitions
Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision 10 July - 26 October 2014  
BP Portrait Award 2014 26 June - 21 September 2014  
The Great War in Portraits 27 February - 15 June 2014 208,219
Bailey’s Stardust 6 February 2013 - 1 June 2014 150,509
2013 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 14 November 2013 - 9 February 2014 63,832
Elizabeth I & Her People 10 October - 5 January 2014 44,069
Laura Knight Portraits 11 July - 13 October 2013 41,208
BP Portrait Award 2013 20 June - 15 September 2013 285,514
George Catlin: American Indian Portraits 7 March - 23 June 2013 120,082
Man Ray Portraits 7 February - 27 May 2013 99,917
2012 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 8 November 2012 - 17 February 2013 65,860
The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart 18 October 2012 – 13 January 2013 28,735
The Queen: Art and Image 17 May 2012 – 21 October 2012 74,555
BP Portrait Award 2012 21 June 2012 – 23 September 2012 255,982
Lucian Freud Portraits 9 February - 27 May 2012 246,801
2011 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 10 November 2011 - 12 February 2012 75,738
The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons 20 October 2011 - 8 January 2012 23,513
Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits
Photographs(John Kobal Foundation)
7 July – 23 October 2011 87,248
BP Portrait Award 2011 16 June 2011 – 18 September 2011 341,050
Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer 10 March 2011 – 19 June 2011 26,768
Hoppé: Society, Studio & Street 17 February 2011 – 30 May 2011 32,917
2010 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 11 November 2010 – 20 February 2011 65,319
Thomas Lawrence 21 October 2010 – 23 January 2011 35,456
Camille Silvy 15 July – 24 October 2010 26,404 
BP Portrait Award 2010 24 June – 19 September 2010 280,673
The Indian Portrait 11 March – 20 June 2010 138,894
Irving Penn Portraits 18 February - 6 June 2010 73,305
2009 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 5 November - 14 February 2010 248,083
Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed 15 October - 24 January 2010 99,121
Gay Icons 2 July - 18 October 2009 48,216
BP Portrait Award 2009 18 June - 20 September 2009 298,420
Constable Portraits 5 March - 14 June 2009 40,819
Gerhard Richter Portraits 26 February - 31 May 2009 56,465
2008 exhibitions
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008 6 November - 15 February 2009 273,236
Annie Leibovitz 16 October - 1 February 2009 142,154
Wyndham Lewis Portraits 3 July - 19 October 39,005
BP Portrait Award 2008 12 June - 14 September 176,378
Vanity Fair Portraits 14 February - 26 May 121,402
Brilliant Women 13 March - 15 June 183,596
2007 exhibitions
The Photographic Portrait Prize 2007 8 November - 24 February 2008 93,829
My Space 20 October - 24 February 2008 35,236
Pop Art Portraits 11 October - 20 January 2008 60,165
Daily Encounters 5 July - 21 October 27,547
BP Portrait Award 2007 14 June - 16 September 195,006
Four Corners 24 March - 5 August 29,980
Face of Fashion 15 February - 28 May 66,213
Between Worlds 8 March - 17 June 128,283
2006 exhibitions
Cherish: Chinese Families in Britain 23 September - 11 March 2007 52,716
The Photographic Portrait Prize 2006 8 November - 18 February 2007 87,872
David Hockney Portraits 12 October - 21 January 2007 151,555
Angus McBean: Portraits 5 July - 22 October 33,647
BP Portrait Award 2006 15 June - 17 September 197,687
Fame! 8 April - 6 August 24,371
Icons and Idols: Commissioning Contemporary Portraits 2 March - 18 June 211,264
Searching for Shakespeare 2 March - 29 May 28,231
2005 exhibitions
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2005 9 November - 12 February 2006 184,211
Look At Me 24 September - 19 March 2006 65,671
Self-Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary 20 October - 29 January 2006 63,551
The World's Most Photographed 6 July - 23 October 85,003
BP Portrait Award 2005 15 June - 25 September 187,662
Self Portrait UK 5 April - 22 June 30,353
Family Faces 14 February - 4 September 53,285
Conquering England 9 March - 19 June 102,724
Lee Miller: Portraits 3 February - 30 May 63,182
2004 exhibitions
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004 17 November - 20 February 2005 137,993
Inner Picture 23 October - 16 January 2005 11,955
G.F. Watts: Portraits - Fame & Beauty in Victorian Society 14 October - 9 January 2005 23,549
Off the Beaten Track July - 31 October 162,457
BP Portrait Award 2004 17 June - 19 September 182,009
We Are The People 2 March - 20 June 139,971
Cecil Beaton Portraits 5 February - 31 May 127,593
2003 exhibitions
Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2003 5 November - 15 February 2004 140,205
Below Stairs 16 October - 11 January 2004 41,372
Circling the Square 13 September - 28 March 2004 66,207
A Gardener's Labyrinth 25 June - 19 October 143,180
BP Portrait Award 2003 12 June - 21 September 160,198
You Look Beautiful Like That 5 March - 8 June 86,626
Julia Margaret Cameron 6 February - 26 May 56,169
2002 exhibitions
Mad, Bad and Dangerous: The Cult of Lord Byron 20 November - 16 February 2003 76,007
Americans 10 October - 12 January 2003 23,714
John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 2002 3 September - 3 November 60,711
BP Portrait Award 2002 19 June - 15 September 109,662
BP Travel Award 2001 19 June - 15 September  
George Romney 30 May - 18 August 18,978
Potter to Potter 15 May - 26 August 106,722
Saving Faces 27 February - 21 April 82,363
Mario Testino 1 February - 4 June 168,069
2001 exhibitions
John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award 2001 24 October - 24 February 2002 201,425
Painted Ladies: Women at the Court of Charles II 11 October - 6 January 2002 44,009
A Genomic Portrait: John Sulston by Marc Quinn 19 September - 3 February 2002  
Mirror Mirror: Self-portraits by Women Artists 12 September - 20 January 2002 66,779
BP Portrait Award 2001 21 June - 16 September 167,791
BP Travel Award 2000 6 June - 7 October  
The Beautiful and the Damned 21 June - 16 September 44,523
Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective 23 May - 2 September  
Horst Portraits: 60 Years of Style 1 March - 3 June 42,121
Rollie McKenna: Artists and Writers 1 March - 13 May 88,201
Return to Life 7 February - 20 May 19,513
2000 exhibitions
Painting the Century 26 October - 4 February 2001 78,862
Escape to Eden 5 October - 21 January 2001 53,290
BP Portrait Award 2000 22 June - 1 October 171,808
Polly Borland 25 May - 17 September  
Elizabeth Taylor: A Photographic Celebration 15 May - 16 July 79,140
Photographs by Snowdon: A Retrospective 25 February - 4 June 76,798
Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield 28 February - 14 May 137,416
Faces of the Century 22 October 1999 - 30 January 2000