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Room 19

Inspiring People

The portraits in this gallery were made over the course of a century, from the height of the Victorian era to the end of the Second World War. Many show people who spearheaded the major social, cultural and technological changes that transformed Britain in this period. The figures here were famous enough to sit for the day’s most fashionable artists. The portraits reflect the wealth and confidence felt by some Britons at this moment in the nation’s history. By 1950, as Britain came to terms with the aftermath of two world wars, traditional portrait formats increasingly made way for a greater variety of sitters, styles and poses. These shifts can be seen as you make your way through this room.

37 portraits on display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Florence Nightingale, by Sir John Robert Steell, cast by  Alessandro Parlanti - NPG 1748

Florence Nightingale

by Sir John Robert Steell, cast by Alessandro Parlanti
bronze bust, 1859-1862
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1748

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Fawcett, by Ford Madox Brown - NPG 1603

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Fawcett

by Ford Madox Brown
oil on canvas, 1872
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1603

William Ewart Gladstone, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt - NPG 3637

William Ewart Gladstone

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1879
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3637

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe), by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt - NPG 6612

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe)

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1879
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6612

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt - NPG 3241

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, 1881
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3241

Charles Darwin, copy by John Collier - NPG 1024

Charles Darwin

copy by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1883, based on a work of 1881
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1024

John Elliott Burns, by John Collier - NPG 3170

John Elliott Burns

by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1889
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3170

Aubrey Beardsley, by Jacques-Emile Blanche - NPG 1991

Aubrey Beardsley

by Jacques-Emile Blanche
oil on canvas, 1895
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1991

Octavia Hill, by John Singer Sargent - NPG 1746

Octavia Hill

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1898
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1746

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by John Singer Sargent - NPG L254

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1900
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L254

King Edward VII, by Sydney March - NPG 2019

King Edward VII

by Sydney March
electrotype of bust, 1924, based on a work of 1901
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2019

Sir William Henry Perkin, by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope - NPG 1892

Sir William Henry Perkin

by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope
oil on canvas, 1906
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1892

Joseph Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall, by Joseph Edward Southall - NPG 7020

Joseph Southall; Anna Elizabeth Southall

by Joseph Edward Southall
egg tempera on linen, 1911
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7020

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister, by Sir Thomas Brock - NPG 1958a

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister

by Sir Thomas Brock
bronze bust, 1927, based on a work of circa 1912-1913
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1958a

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 1745

The Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, 1913

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1745

Henry James, by John Singer Sargent - NPG 1767

Henry James

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1913
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1767

Winston Churchill, by Sir William Orpen - NPG L250

Winston Churchill

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1916
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L250

Radclyffe Hall, by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel) - NPG 4347

Radclyffe Hall

by Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel)
oil on canvas, 1918
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4347

Sir John William Alcock, by Ambrose McEvoy - NPG 1894

Sir John William Alcock

by Ambrose McEvoy
oil on canvas, 1919
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1894

Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner, by Sir William Orpen - NPG 4188

Ganga Singh, Maharaja of Bikaner

by Sir William Orpen
oil on canvas, 1919
On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4188