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Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery

Portraits by G.F. Watts

Aside from the famous portrait of his first wife, Ellen Terry, the works in this room by G.F. Watts form part of his plan to create a 'Hall of Fame' of his most eminent contemporaries. Watts bequeathed the paintings to the Gallery and they are now displayed here. Watts formed his plan for a series of 'historical portraits' around 1850 and continued to add to it throughout his long career. They are consistent in focusing on the head or face of the sitter, rather than on dress or accessories.

Room introduction

See also: The Room 26 wallcase at the National Portrait Gallery

10 portraits on display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Julia Margaret Cameron, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5046

Julia Margaret Cameron

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1850-1852
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5046

George Frederic Watts, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5087

George Frederic Watts

by George Frederic Watts
oil on panel, circa 1860
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5087

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1015

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1863-1864
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1015

Ellen Terry, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 2274

Ellen Terry

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1864-1865
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2274

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 3552

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1871
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3552

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1011

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

by George Frederic Watts
oil on linen, circa 1871
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1011

Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Frederic Watts - NPG L238

Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1878
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L238

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1349

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1882
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1349

John Passmore Edwards, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 3958

John Passmore Edwards

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1894
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3958

Josephine Butler, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 2194

Josephine Butler

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1895
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2194