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Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery

Introduction: Queen Victoria

This large room on the first floor, remodelled by Piers Gough of CZWG in 1996, introduces a sequence of rooms stretching through the whole of the Victorian reign. Full-length portraits of Victoria and Albert flank a sculpture of the couple in Anglo-Saxon dress, lent by H.M. The Queen. Elsewhere is a painting of a Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition at the Royal Academy and a painting of The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend. A sculpture wall in three tiers of plinths display 15 plaster and terracotta busts, including portraits of Tennyson and Darwin.

Take a look around

22 portraits on display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Agnes Strickland, by John Hayes - NPG 403

Agnes Strickland

by John Hayes
oil on canvas, 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 403

Sir Charles James Napier, by George Gammon Adams - NPG 1198

Sir Charles James Napier

by George Gammon Adams
plaster cast of bust, 1853
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1198

George Cruikshank, by William Behnes - NPG 1300

George Cruikshank

by William Behnes
plaster cast of bust, circa 1855
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1300

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter - NPG 237

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
oil on canvas, 1867, based on a work of 1859
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 237

Sir Charles Thomas Newton, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 973

Sir Charles Thomas Newton

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1863
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 973

Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5048

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')

by George Frederic Watts
oil on strawboard mounted on Gatorfoam, 1864
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5048

John Newman, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1668

John Newman

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1866
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1668

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 862

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1875
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 862

Thomas Henry Huxley, by (Edward) Onslow Ford - NPG 1330

Thomas Henry Huxley

by (Edward) Onslow Ford
plaster cast of bust, circa 1880s
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1330

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 863

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1880s
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 863

John Bright, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 868

John Bright

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1881
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 868

Charles Darwin, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 761

Charles Darwin

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta bust, 1883
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 761

Henry Smith, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 787

Henry Smith

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta bust, 1883
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 787

Archibald Campbell Tait, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 859

Archibald Campbell Tait

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1883
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 859

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 1360

(William) Edward Hartpole Lecky

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta bust, circa 1890
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1360

William Henry Smith, by Frederick Winter - NPG 1742

William Henry Smith

by Frederick Winter
plaster cast of bust, 1891
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1742

Charles Stewart Parnell, by Mary Grant - NPG 1087

Charles Stewart Parnell

by Mary Grant
plaster cast of bust, 1892
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1087

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Francis John Williamson - NPG 1178

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by Francis John Williamson
plaster cast of bust, 1893
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1178