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Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery

People of Today

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

6 portraits on display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Shami Chakrabarti, by Gillian Wearing - NPG 6923

Shami Chakrabarti

by Gillian Wearing
gelatin silver print, 2011
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6923

Dame Vivienne Westwood, by Juergen Teller - NPG P1980

Dame Vivienne Westwood

by Juergen Teller
C-type colour print, 2014
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1980

Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu ('Thelma & Duro'), by Catherine Opie - NPG P2076

Thelma Golden and Duro Olowu ('Thelma & Duro')

by Catherine Opie
pigment print, 2017
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P2076

Polly Stenham, by Walter & Zoniel - NPG x200096

Polly Stenham

by Walter & Zoniel
hand-coloured gelatin silver print with gold leaf, May 2017
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x200096

Ruth Wilson, by Walter & Zoniel - NPG x200097

Ruth Wilson

by Walter & Zoniel
hand-coloured gelatin silver print with gold leaf, May 2017
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x200097

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Neil MacGregor

by Wolfgang Tillmans
inkjet print on paper mounted on aluminium in artist’s frame, printed 2018 (October 2015)
On display in Room 40 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P2078