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Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery

Contemporary Collection

This display brings together portraits of people connected with British culture and the arts. Writers, musicians and figures from the stage are often rewarding subjects for artists as the creativity and originality of the sitter can inspire an innovative and revealing portrait.

Room introduction

11 portraits on display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Harold Pinter, by Justin Mortimer - NPG 6185

Harold Pinter

by Justin Mortimer
oil on canvas, 1992
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6185

Fiona Shaw, by Victoria Russell - NPG 6609

Fiona Shaw

by Victoria Russell
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6609

Ian McKellen, by Clive Smith - NPG 6610

Ian McKellen

by Clive Smith
oil on canvas, 2001-2002
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6610

Tracey Emin ('Death Mask'), by Tracey Emin - NPG 7034

Tracey Emin ('Death Mask')

by Tracey Emin
distressed bronze cast with gold plating, 2002
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7034

Alfred Brendel, by Tony Bevan - NPG 6720

Alfred Brendel

by Tony Bevan
acrylic on canvas, 2005
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6720

Cate Blanchett, by Rineke Dijkstra - NPG P2073

Cate Blanchett

by Rineke Dijkstra
colour coupler print, 2007
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P2073

V.S. Naipaul, by Paul Emsley - NPG 6875

V.S. Naipaul

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2009
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6875

Nick Hornby, by Humphrey Ocean - NPG 6970

Nick Hornby

by Humphrey Ocean
gouache, 2011
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6970

Joan Bakewell, by Glenys Barton - NPG 6997

Joan Bakewell

by Glenys Barton
ceramic sculpture, 2014
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6997

Sir Kenneth Branagh, by Colin Davidson - NPG 7045

Sir Kenneth Branagh

by Colin Davidson
crayon, 2014
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7045

Harry Djanogly; Carol Ann Djanogly, by Wim Heldens - NPG 7046

Harry Djanogly; Carol Ann Djanogly

by Wim Heldens
oil on canvas, 2017
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7046