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Tudors to Windsors

3 April - 31 August 2020

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Queen Elizabeth II
by Dorothy Wilding, hand-coloured by Beatrice Johnson
26 February 1952
NPG x34852

The Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, embraces over 500 years of British history, more than 60,000 sitters and explores ideas of social change, power and influence. Arguably as powerful and influential as any individual are the heads of state and empire, whose portraits are among the most popular in the Gallery’s Collection.

Tudors to Windsors: Royal Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portaits publication

For the exhibition portraits of kings, queens, statesmen and stateswomen featured will go on tour for the first time, providing international audiences with the opportunity to encounter these famous historical and contemporary personalities face to face.  The publication accompanying the exhibition traces major events in British history and examines the ways in which royal portraiture has reflected individual sitters’ personalities and wider social, cultural and historical change. Tudors to Windsors also considers how each dynasty has been perceived and interpreted subsequently, with reference to popular culture and contemporary sources.