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Contemporary portraits



A selection of contemporary portraits from 2000 to the present day, some of which are on display at the Gallery. Portraits below are listed in chronological order.


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Fiona Shaw
by Victoria Russell
2001-2002
NPG 6609

Ian McKellen
by Clive Smith
2001-2002
NPG 6610

Nelson Mandela
by Ian Homer Walters
2008, based on a work of 2001
NPG 6868

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