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Tudors to Windsors

28 May - 31 October 2021

National Maritime Museum (Greenwich, London)

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
circa 1592
NPG 2561

Explore the National Portrait Gallery’s iconic collection of Kings and Queens, their families and favourites, and enjoy a selection of works portraying the rich history of the British monarchy told through the lives of five royal dynasties. Our significant collection of royal portraits include works which span five hundred years, depicting every British monarch since Henry VII ascended the throne in 1485 to the present day ruler Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal portraits serve to demonstrate the status, power and authority of the monarch and their family, whether commissioned to support marriage negotiations, to celebrate their accession or military victories, or to satisfy public demand for their image in paint, print, stone or bronze. To achieve this, Britain’s Kings and Queens have relied on the most skilled portraitists of each generation to create and then confront conventions of royal portraiture.

Drawn from across the Gallery’s rich Collection, this exhibition offers the chance to explore the history of the royal family in Britain, and to see the way in which artists over the centuries have blended innovation and tradition to create some of the most impactful portraits of all time. 

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