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Drawing from life Exhibition Catalogue

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

This book, which accompanies the first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over 20 years, will explore Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to now, with a focus on himself, his family and friends.

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Cecil Beaton’s Cocktail Book

Accompanying a major new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, this souvenir book features a dazzling array of cocktail recipes inspired by the glittering friends, acquaintances and sitters of famed British photographer Cecil Beaton in the 1920s and 30s, illustrated with Beaton’s own witty and distinctive drawings which featured in Vogue.

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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019 Paperback Catalogue

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the vitality and excellence in portrait photography today. This Prize is one of the most important platforms for contemporary portrait photographers internationally, and reproductions of the selected works provide an excellent overview of current photographic styles, trends and techniques.

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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters Hardback Book

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

For far too long the male protagonists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement have dominated accounts of this revolution in British art. This book aims to redress the balance in showing just how engaged and central women were to the endeavour – as the subjects of the images themselves, certainly, but also in their production.

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Pre-Raphaelite, Notecards cover

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Notecards

An exclusive set of 16 notecards with envelopes featuring 4 beautiful images featuring or created by one of the figures profiles in Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, a major exhibition celebrating the central role of women within the famous Nineteenth Century British art movement.

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Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels

This book accompanies a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, devoted to the work of Elizabeth Peyton and is created in close collaboration with the artist

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Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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