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Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

The UK 1960 - Today

The display includes groups of portraits by particular artists, inviting the viewer to consider the range of contrasting approaches. While the challenge of depicting an observed sitter remained, a rich stylistic diversity characterises portraiture in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Room introduction

See also: The end wall of Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

46 portraits on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

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(John) Peter Warren Cochrane, by Howard Hodgkin - NPG 6888

(John) Peter Warren Cochrane

by Howard Hodgkin
oil on canvas, 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6888

Sid James, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 6820

Sid James

by Ruskin Spear
oil and collage on canvas, 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6820

William John Christopher Vassall, by Cecil Beaton - NPG 6552

William John Christopher Vassall

by Cecil Beaton
oil on canvas, 1966
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6552

The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts), by Gered Mankowitz - NPG P1372

The Rolling Stones (Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts)

by Gered Mankowitz
C-type colour print from original negative, 14 November 1966
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1372

Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, by John Ulbricht - NPG 4617

Louis Mountbatten, Earl Mountbatten of Burma

by John Ulbricht
oil on canvas, 1968
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4617

The Beatles (John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney), by Don McCullin - NPG P1382

The Beatles (John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney)

by Don McCullin
bromide print, 28 July 1968
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1382

Francis Bacon, by Clive Barker - NPG 5844

Francis Bacon

by Clive Barker
gilt bronze mask, 1969
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5844

Virginia Wade, by David Wynne - NPG 7009

Virginia Wade

by David Wynne
bronze cast, 1972
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7009

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5047

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5047

Elton John ('On the throne'), by Suzi Malin - NPG 6563

Elton John ('On the throne')

by Suzi Malin
tempera over gold leaf on gesso prepared board, 1978
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6563

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Bryan Organ - NPG 5698

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1983
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5698

Margaret Thatcher, by Rodrigo Moynihan - NPG 5728

Margaret Thatcher

by Rodrigo Moynihan
oil on canvas, 1983-1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5728

Iris Murdoch, by Tom Phillips - NPG 5921

Iris Murdoch

by Tom Phillips
oil on canvas, 1984-1986
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5921

Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Thomas Jackson; Sidney Weighell), by Hans Schwarz - NPG 5749

Trade Unionists (Joe Gormley; Thomas Jackson; Sidney Weighell)

by Hans Schwarz
oil on board, 1984
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5749

Queen Elizabeth II, by Michael Leonard - NPG 5861

Queen Elizabeth II

by Michael Leonard
acrylic on cotton duck, 1985-1986
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5861

Dorothy Hodgkin, by Maggi Hambling - NPG 5797

Dorothy Hodgkin

by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5797

Diana, Princess of Wales, by David Bailey - NPG P397

Diana, Princess of Wales

by David Bailey
bromide print, 1988
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P397

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman, by Anthony Caro - NPG L240

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman

by Anthony Caro
bronze head, 1988
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L240

Zandra Rhodes, by Andrew Logan - NPG 6221

Zandra Rhodes

by Andrew Logan
glass mosaic bust, 1989
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6221

Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild ('Man in a Chair'), by Lucian Freud - NPG L201

Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild ('Man in a Chair')

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1989
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L201