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Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery

Introduction: Queen Victoria

This large room on the first floor, remodelled by Piers Gough of CZWG in 1996, introduces a sequence of rooms stretching through the whole of the Victorian reign. Full-length portraits of Victoria and Albert flank a sculpture of the couple in Anglo-Saxon dress, lent by H.M. The Queen. Elsewhere is a painting of a Private View of the Old Masters Exhibition at the Royal Academy and a painting of The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend. A sculpture wall in three tiers of plinths display 15 plaster and terracotta busts, including portraits of Tennyson and Darwin.

Take a look around

28 portraits on display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Harriet Martineau, by Richard Evans - NPG 1085

Harriet Martineau

by Richard Evans
oil on canvas, exhibited 1834
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1085

Queen Victoria, by Sir David Wilkie - NPG 1297

Queen Victoria

by Sir David Wilkie
pen and ink and watercolour, circa 1840
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1297

Queen Victoria, by Aaron Edwin Penley - NPG 4108

Queen Victoria

by Aaron Edwin Penley
watercolour, circa 1840
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4108

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, by John Partridge - NPG 941

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne

by John Partridge
oil on canvas, 1844
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 941

Agnes Strickland, by John Hayes - NPG 403

Agnes Strickland

by John Hayes
oil on canvas, 1846
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 403

Sir Charles James Napier, by George Gammon Adams - NPG 1198

Sir Charles James Napier

by George Gammon Adams
plaster cast of bust, 1853
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1198

George Cruikshank, by William Behnes - NPG 1300

George Cruikshank

by William Behnes
plaster cast of bust, circa 1855
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1300

Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn, reduced version by Franz Xaver Winterhalter - NPG 2554

Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn

reduced version by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
oil on canvas, 1857-1873, based on a work of 1857
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2554

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter - NPG 237

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

replica by Franz Xaver Winterhalter
oil on canvas, 1867, based on a work of 1859
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 237

Sir Charles Thomas Newton, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 973

Sir Charles Thomas Newton

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1863
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 973

Queen Victoria, by George Housman Thomas - NPG 2954

Queen Victoria

by George Housman Thomas
pencil and watercolour, circa 1863
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2954

John Newman, by Thomas Woolner - NPG 1668

John Newman

by Thomas Woolner
plaster cast of bust, 1866
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1668

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 862

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1875
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 862

Queen Victoria, by Lady Julia Abercromby, after  Heinrich von Angeli - NPG 708

Queen Victoria

by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli
watercolour, 1883, based on a work of 1875
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 708

Thomas Henry Huxley, by (Edward) Onslow Ford - NPG 1330

Thomas Henry Huxley

by (Edward) Onslow Ford
plaster cast of bust, circa 1880s
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1330

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 863

Robert Cornelis Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1880s
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 863

John Bright, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 868

John Bright

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
plaster cast of bust, 1881
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 868

Charles Darwin, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 761

Charles Darwin

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta bust, 1883
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 761

Henry Smith, by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt - NPG 787

Henry Smith

by Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Bt
terracotta bust, 1883
On display in Room 21 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 787