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This exciting project sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with. This country-wide initiative will enable fifty portraits from the national Collection to travel to towns and cities across the UK, providing venues and communities with the opportunity to celebrate their local heroes.


COMING HOME has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, generous contributions from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and funds raised at the Gallery’s Portrait Gala in 2017.

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William Wilberforce

The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
21 September 2019 - 19 January 2020

Ira Frederick Aldridge

The Holburne Museum, Bath
3 October 2019 - 1 March 2020

Virginia Woolf

Charleston, Lewes
13 September 2019 - 19 January 2020

Horatio Nelson

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich
12 October 2019 - 26 January 2020

Samuel Johnson

Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield
13 September 2019- 3 January 2020

David Beckham

Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone
5 December 2019 - 30 March 2020