Period Catalogues

The National Portrait Gallery has been publishing detailed Collection Catalogues since 1963. The distinguishing feature of these catalogues is their arrangement by sitter, rather than by artist, while cataloguing individual portraits as works of art. For each sitter, an iconography treating portraits in other collections is also included.

Sir Henry Lee  by Anthonis Mor (Antonio Moro), NPG 1568 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Tudor and Jacobean Portraits

Roy Strong’s out-of-print Collection Catalogue (16th and early 17th century)

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Dudley Carleton, Viscount Dorchester by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt oil on panel, circa 1620

Seventeenth Century Portraits

A sample entry from David Piper’s out-of-print Collection Catalogue. Partly superseded by Early and Later Stuart Portraits Catalogues.

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Dorothy, Lady Browne (née Mileham); Sir Thomas Browne attributed to Joan Carlile oil on panel, circa 1641-1650 NPG 2062

Early Stuart Portraits

A sample entry written by John Ingamells. Further support is needed to continue researching and writing catalogue entries (17th century).

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Later Stuart Portraits

Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue (17th century)

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Early Georgian Portraits

Extended entries from John Kerslake’s Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Sir Joshua Reynolds by Sir Joshua Reynolds oil on canvas, © National Portrait Gallery, London circa 1747-1749 NPG 41

Mid-Georgian Portraits

Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Regency Portraits

Extended entries from Richard Walker’s Regency Portraits Catalogue (18th-19th century)

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Early Victorian Portraits

Extended entries from Richard Ormond’s Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue (19th century)

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Aubrey Beardsley by Frederick Henry Evans platinum print, circa 1894 NPG P114 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Later Victorian Portraits

A major project on cataloguing in depth the Gallery’s collection of later Victorian portraits (19th-20th century), led by Dr Peter Funnell.

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Iris Murdoch by Tom Phillips oil on canvas, 1984-1986 NPG 5921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Twentieth Century Portraits

Sample entries written by Paul Moorhouse. The Gallery continues to collect primary material for future work in cataloguing the 20th century Collection.

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