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.
Tudor and Jacobean Portraits
Roy Strong’s out-of-print Collection Catalogue (16th and early 17th century)
Seventeenth Century Portraits
A sample entry from David Piper’s out-of-print Collection Catalogue. Partly superseded by Early and Later Stuart Portraits Catalogues.
Early Stuart Portraits
Sample entries written by John Ingamells. Further support is needed to continue researching and writing catalogue entries (17th century).
Later Stuart Portraits
Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue (17th century)
Early Georgian Portraits
Extended entries from John Kerslake’s Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)
Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)
Extended entries from Richard Walker’s Regency Portraits Catalogue (18th-19th century)
Early Victorian Portraits
Extended entries from Richard Ormond’s Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue (19th century)
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.
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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