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Viv Anderson

Viv Anderson

1956-
Footballer and coach
Sitter in 1 portrait
Albert Ball

Albert Ball

1896-1917
Fighter pilot; recipient of the Victoria Cross
Sitter in 2 portraits
William Booth

William Booth

1829-1912
Founder of the Salvation Army
Sitter in 39 portraits
Lord Byron

Lord Byron

1788-1824
Poet
Sitter in 37 portraits
Brian Clough

Brian Clough

1935-2004
Footballer and football manager
Sitter in 1 portrait
Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer

1489-1556
Archbishop of Canterbury
Sitter in 47 portraits
Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal

1964-
Potter and writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Richard Eyre

Sir Richard Eyre

1943-
Stage, film and television director
Sitter in 4 portraits
Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley

1917-1993
President of the National Union of Mineworkers
Sitter in 8 portraits
Harold Knight

Harold Knight

1874-1961
Artist; husband of Dame Laura Knight
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits
Laura Knight

Laura Knight

1877-1970
Artist
Sitter in 34 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
Harold Larwood

Harold Larwood

1904-1995
Cricketer
Sitter in 15 portraits
D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence

1885-1930
Novelist and poet
Sitter in 18 portraits
Samuel Morley

Samuel Morley

1809-1886
Businessman, politician and philanthropist
Sitter in 15 portraits
Feargus Edward O'Connor

Feargus Edward O'Connor

1796?-1855
Chartist leader
Sitter in 5 portraits
Alan Sillitoe

Alan Sillitoe

1928-2010
Novelist, screenwriter, poet and playwright
Sitter in 8 portraits
Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent

Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent

1850-1931
Retail and manufacturing chemist and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

1982-
Actress
Sitter in 1 portrait

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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