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Discover 20th Century portraits

Explore the Gallery's Collection by the 20th century


Introduction into 20th Century portraiture (1910 to 2000), covering stories of significant changes in the country while focusing on some of the key figures in the Collection.

20th Century portraits tour

Discover a selection of 12 portraits from the 20th Century.

Digital 60s

The 1960s brought about a revolution at the National Portrait Gallery.

Monarchs timeline

This timeline will take you through the Twentieth century Monarchs who reigned between 1910-1990.

20th Century blog

Read posts from curators and archivists about the 20th Century

The National Portrait Gallery at War

Read about how the Collection was kept safe, how the building survived air attack and how staff adjusted to wartime life during the World Wars

The Great War in Portraits

The Gallery is commemorating the centenary of the First World War with a four-year programme of displays, public events and learning projects

From All Angles: Sir Richard Rogers

Explore Sir Richard Roger's sculpture in the round

From All Angles: Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Explore Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's sculpture in the round

Lewis Morley Photographs

See iconic photos of Joe Orton and Christine Keeler

Chronology of Giacometti’s life

Chronology of Giacometti’s life is taken from the exhibition catalogue.

Audrey Hepburn timeline

Explore the life and career of Audrey Hepburn through our interactive timeline.

Virginia Woolf timeline

Explore the key events in the lives of Virginia Woolf and her circle with our illustrated timeline.

Man Ray timeline

Explore Man Ray's photographic career