The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Search the Collection

Roy Lichtenstein

(1923-1997), Artist

Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Born in New York, Lichtenstein studied at the Art Students League and Ohio State College. Having formerly painted in a non-figurative style, he began incorporating cartoon figures into his paintings in 1960. In 1961, cartoon-strip images became the subject of his work, referencing commercial printing with flat colours, black outlines and Ben Day dots. From 1964 he began to explore the contradictions of three-dimensional representation in painting through imagery of stylized landscapes, packaging, famous paintings and parodies of Abstract Expressionist brushstrokes. His retrospectives include those at the Pasadena Art Museum (1967), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1968) and the New York Guggenheim (1994).

Watch a film clip on the artist from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

Roy Lichtenstein, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137757

Roy Lichtenstein

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1978
NPG x137757



Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.