Audio descriptions

Portraits in the Gallery's Collection

Listen to individual audio descriptions below or find all of them in our Audio Description library on SoundCloud 

Audio description of Gluck's self-portrait

    Gluck,    by Gluck,    1942,    NPG 6462,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Gluck, by Gluck, 1942, NPG 6462, © National Portrait Gallery, London

Audio description of Camille Silvy's photograph of Aina (named Sarah Forbes Bonetta)

    Aina (Sarah Forbes Bonetta (later Davies)),    by Camille Silvy,    15 September 1862,    NPG Ax61380,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Aina (Sarah Forbes Bonetta (later Davies)), by Camille Silvy, 15 September 1862

Audio description of Harold Moody's bust

    Harold Moody,    by Ronald Moody,    1997, based on a work of 1946,    NPG 6380,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Harold Moody, by Ronald Moody, 1997, based on a work of 1946

Audio description of Laura Knight's self-portrait

    Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper ('Self Portrait'),    by Laura Knight,    1913,    NPG 4839,    Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021.  All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper ('Self Portrait'), by Laura Knight, 1913

Audio description of Joshua Reynold's portrait of Mai

    Mai (Omai),    by Sir Joshua Reynolds,    circa 1776,    NPG 7153,    © National Portrait Gallery, London. Purchased jointly by the Board of Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and the J. Paul Getty Trust, 2023. Support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund and other generous supporters provided t Mai (Omai), by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1776

Audio-description of Albert Charles Challen's painting of Mary Seacole

    Mary Seacole,    by Albert Charles Challen,    1869,    NPG 6856,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Mary Seacole, by Albert Charles Challen, 1869

Audio-description of John Opie's painting of Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft,    by John Opie,    circa 1797,    NPG 1237,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Mary Wollstonecraft, by John Opie, circa 1797

Audio-description of 'The Ditchley portrait' of Queen Elizabeth I

    Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait'),    by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger,    circa 1592,    NPG 2561,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait'), by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, circa 1592

Audio description of Sir Anthony van Dyck's self-portrait

    Sir Anthony van Dyck,    by Sir Anthony van Dyck,    circa 1640,    NPG 6987,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Sir Anthony van Dyck, circa 1640

Audio description of Tracey Emin's 'Death Mask'

    Tracey Emin ('Death Mask'),    by Tracey Emin,    2002,    NPG 7034,    © Tracey Emin Tracey Emin ('Death Mask'), by Tracey Emin, 2002

Audio description of Toyin Ojih Odutola's portrait of Zadie Smith

    'Sadie' (Zadie Smith),    by Toyin Ojih Odutola,    2018-2019,    NPG 7105,    © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York 'Sadie' (Zadie Smith), by Toyin Ojih Odutola, 2018-2019

Audio-description of a portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, by Nicholas Hilliard

    Mary, Queen of Scots,    after Nicholas Hilliard,    inscribed 1578,    NPG 429,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Mary, Queen of Scots, after Nicholas Hilliard, inscribed 1578

Audio-description of a portrait of Queen Mary I by Master John

    Queen Mary I,    by Master John,    1544,    NPG 428,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Queen Mary I, by Master John, 1544

Audio-description of a portrait of Sir Francis Drake, by an unknown artist

    Sir Francis Drake,    by Unknown artist,    circa 1581,    NPG 4032,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Sir Francis Drake, by Unknown artist, circa 1581

Audio-description of a portrait of Sir Henry Unton by an unknown artist

    Sir Henry Unton,    by Unknown artist,    circa 1596,    NPG 710,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Sir Henry Unton, by Unknown artist, circa 1596

Audio-description of a portrait of the Capel Family by Cornelius Johnson

    The Capel Family,    by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen),    circa 1640,    NPG 4759,    © National Portrait Gallery, London The Capel Family, by Cornelius Johnson (Cornelius Janssen van Ceulen), circa 1640

Audio-description of a portrait of William Shakespeare, attributed to John Taylor

    William Shakespeare,    associated with John Taylor,    circa 1610,    NPG 1,    © National Portrait Gallery, London William Shakespeare, associated with John Taylor, circa 1610

Audio-description of a portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by Louis Gabriel Blanchet

    Prince Charles Edward Stuart,    by Louis Gabriel Blanchet,    1738,    NPG 5517,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Prince Charles Edward Stuart, by Louis Gabriel Blanchet, 1738

Audio-description of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I by an unknown artist

    Queen Elizabeth I,    by Unknown English artist,    circa 1600,    NPG 5175,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Queen Elizabeth I, by Unknown English artist, circa 1600

Audio-description of a portrait of Robert Dudley by an unknown artist

    Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester,    by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist,    circa 1575,    NPG 447,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, circa 1575

Audio-description of a portrait of Samuel Johnson by Sir Joshua Reynolds

    Samuel Johnson,    by Sir Joshua Reynolds,    circa 1756,    NPG 1597,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Samuel Johnson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1756

Audio-description of a portrait of Henry, Prince Of Wales, by Robert Peake The Elder

    Henry, Prince of Wales,    by Robert Peake the Elder,    circa 1610,    NPG 4515,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Henry, Prince of Wales, by Robert Peake the Elder, circa 1610

Audio-description of a portrait of Katherine Parr, attributed to Master John

    Katherine Parr,    attributed to Master John,    circa 1545,    NPG 4451,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Katherine Parr, attributed to Master John, circa 1545

Audio-description of a portrait of King Edward VI by William Scrots

    King Edward VI,    attributed to William Scrots,    1546,    NPG 1299,    © National Portrait Gallery, London King Edward VI, attributed to William Scrots, 1546

Audio-description of a portrait of King Henry VII by an unknown artist

    King Henry VII,    by Unknown Netherlandish artist,    1505,    NPG 416,    © National Portrait Gallery, London King Henry VII, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505

Audio-description of a portrait of King Henry VIII and King Henry VII by Hans Holbein The Younger

    King Henry VIII; King Henry VII,    by Hans Holbein the Younger,    circa 1536-1537,    NPG 4027,    © National Portrait Gallery, London King Henry VIII; King Henry VII, by Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1536-1537

Audio-description of a portrait of George Villiers, attributed to William Larkin

    George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham,    by studio of William Larkin,    circa 1616,    NPG 3840,    © National Portrait Gallery, London George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, by studio of William Larkin, circa 1616

Audio-description of a portrait of Flora Macdonald by Richard Wilson

    Flora Macdonald,    by Richard Wilson,    1747,    NPG 5848,    © National Portrait Gallery, London Flora Macdonald, by Richard Wilson, 1747

Audio-described films

Listen to the audio-described versions of these in-gallery films, exploring different portraiture techniques.

 

Audio-described: How are daguerreotypes made?

 

Audio-described: The materials and techniques of Tudor portraits

 

Audio-described: How are engravings and mezzotints made?

 

Audio-described: How are etchings and aquatints made?

 

Audio-described: Conserving Lucian Freud's sketchbooks

 

Audio-described: How are life masks made?

 

Audio-described: Discover the techniques used to create portrait miniatures

 

Audio-described: How can we use science to discover the story of Tudor portraits?

 

Audio-described: Explore our portrait miniatures