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- In '20th Century Portraits' Catalogue

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 139 portraits
George Nicoll Barnes

George Nicoll Barnes

1859-1940
Trade unionist and Labour politician; MP for Glasgow
Sitter in 15 portraits
Sir Robert Laird Borden

Sir Robert Laird Borden

1854-1937
Prime Minister of Canada
Sitter in 12 portraits
Louis Botha

Louis Botha

1862-1919
General and South African statesman
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Cecil Burney, 1st Bt

Sir Cecil Burney, 1st Bt

1858-1929
Admiral of the Fleet
Sitter in 9 portraits
Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

1865-1915
Nurse
Sitter in 7 portraits
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874-1965
Prime Minister
Sitter in 222 portraits
Sir Joseph Cook

Sir Joseph Cook

1860-1947
Prime Minister of Australia
Sitter in 7 portraits
Sir John Steven Cowans

Sir John Steven Cowans

1862-1921
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Sitter in 7 portraits

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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