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Room 24

Challenging Identities

People living in the decades either side of 1900 witnessed significant changes in society, science and culture. The portraits in this room represent those who were at the forefront of some of these changes, confronting traditional thinking and challenging established identities. These individuals include writers and artists, politicians and public health reformers, as well as activists who fought for women’s rights and people who championed diverse sexual identities. Many of these sitters cultivated a cosmopolitan character. This is reflected in their portraits, which bear the hallmarks of European Modernism, particularly the style and techniques of the French Post-Impressionists. Photography became an increasingly important medium for portraiture too, often rivalling painting in its power of expression.

41 portraits on display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Frederick Burnaby, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot - NPG 2642

Frederick Burnaby

by James Jacques Joseph Tissot
oil on panel, 1870
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2642

Ludwig Mond, by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri - NPG 6359

Ludwig Mond

by Edward (Edouard) Lanteri
bronze statuette
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6359

Algernon Moses Marsden, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot - NPG 7135

Algernon Moses Marsden

by James Jacques Joseph Tissot
oil on canvas, 1877
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7135

Edward Fox White, by James Jacques Joseph Tissot - NPG L292

Edward Fox White

by James Jacques Joseph Tissot
oil on canvas, circa 1877
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L292

Sir Henry Irving, by Jules Bastien-Lepage - NPG 1560

Sir Henry Irving

by Jules Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas, 1880
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1560

Oscar Wilde, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG P24

Oscar Wilde

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1882
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P24

William Ernest Henley, by Auguste Rodin - NPG 1697

William Ernest Henley

by Auguste Rodin
bronze head, 1884-1886
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1697

Robert Louis Stevenson, by Sir William Blake Richmond - NPG 1028

Robert Louis Stevenson

by Sir William Blake Richmond
oil on canvas, 1887
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1028

Charles Stewart Parnell, by Mary Grant - NPG 1087

Charles Stewart Parnell

by Mary Grant
plaster cast of bust, 1892
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1087

Mary Thornycroft (née Francis), by Mary Alyce Thornycroft - NPG 4065

Mary Thornycroft (née Francis)

by Mary Alyce Thornycroft
bronze bust, 1892
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4065

Constance Mary Wilde (née Lloyd), By Frederick Kingsbury Studios - NPG P2094

Constance Mary Wilde (née Lloyd)

By Frederick Kingsbury Studios
cabinet card, 1892
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P2094

Thomas Hardy, by William Strang - NPG 2929

Thomas Hardy

by William Strang
oil on panel, 1893
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2929

Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell, by Giovanni Boldini - NPG 1630

Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell

by Giovanni Boldini
oil on canvas, 1894
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1630

Edward Carpenter, by Roger Fry - NPG 2447

Edward Carpenter

by Roger Fry
oil on canvas, 1894
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2447

Gwen John, by Gwen John - NPG 4439

Gwen John

by Gwen John
oil on canvas, circa 1900
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4439

Keir Hardie, by (John) Furley Lewis - NPG P1091

Keir Hardie

by (John) Furley Lewis
sepia-toned vintage print, 1902
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1091

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt, by Percival Hedley - NPG 2219

Sir Edward Elgar, Bt

by Percival Hedley
bronze bust, 1905
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2219

Gordon Craig, by Edward Steichen - NPG P508

Gordon Craig

by Edward Steichen
gum platinum print, 1908
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P508

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by John Singer Sargent - NPG 6620

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1908
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6620

Dame Christabel Pankhurst, by Ethel Wright - NPG 6921

Dame Christabel Pankhurst

by Ethel Wright
oil on canvas, exhibited 1909
On display in Room 24 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6921