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Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

Artists and Sitters: Britain 1960-2000

The display includes groups of portraits by particular artists, inviting the viewer to consider the range of contrasting approaches. While the challenge of depicting an observed sitter remained, a rich stylistic diversity characterises portraiture in the late 20th Century.

Room introduction

41 portraits on display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery

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The Situation Group, by Sylvia Sleigh - NPG 6817

The Situation Group

by Sylvia Sleigh
oil on linen, mounted on canvas, 1961
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6817

Sid James, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 6820

Sid James

by Ruskin Spear
oil and collage on canvas, 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6820

Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother'), by Sam Walsh - NPG 6172

Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother')

by Sam Walsh
oil on masonite, 1964
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6172

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband, by Kyffin Williams - NPG 6621

Dame Eileen Louise Younghusband

by Kyffin Williams
oil on canvas, circa 1965
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6621

Elspet Gray; Brian Rix, by John Randall Bratby - NPG 6159

Elspet Gray; Brian Rix

by John Randall Bratby
oil on canvas, 1967
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6159

Queen Elizabeth II, by Pietro Annigoni - NPG 4706

Queen Elizabeth II

by Pietro Annigoni
tempera grassa on paper on panel, 1969
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4706

Henry Cooper, by William Redgrave - NPG 6925

Henry Cooper

by William Redgrave
bronze bust, 1969
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6925

Virginia Wade, by David Wynne - NPG 7009

Virginia Wade

by David Wynne
bronze cast, 1972
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7009

Harold Wilson, by Ruskin Spear - NPG 5047

Harold Wilson

by Ruskin Spear
oil on canvas, exhibited 1974
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5047

Elton John ('On the throne'), by Suzi Malin - NPG 6563

Elton John ('On the throne')

by Suzi Malin
tempera over gold leaf on gesso prepared board, 1978
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6563

Diana, Princess of Wales, by Bryan Organ - NPG 5408

Diana, Princess of Wales

by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1981
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5408

Leon Kossoff, by Leon Kossoff - NPG 5772

Leon Kossoff

by Leon Kossoff
oil on board, 1981
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5772

Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982, by Paul Brason - NPG 5843

Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982

by Paul Brason
oil on canvas, 1982-1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5843

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, by Bryan Organ - NPG 5698

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

by Bryan Organ
acrylic on canvas, 1983
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5698

Dorothy Hodgkin, by Maggi Hambling - NPG 5797

Dorothy Hodgkin

by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5797

Lucian Freud, by Lucian Freud - NPG 7019

Lucian Freud

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, circa 1985
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 7019

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman, by Anthony Caro - NPG L240

Arnold Abraham Goodman, Baron Goodman

by Anthony Caro
bronze head, 1988
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L240

Chris Ofili, by Chris Ofili - NPG 6835

Chris Ofili

by Chris Ofili
oil on canvas, 1991
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6835

R.B. Kitaj ('Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow'), by R.B. Kitaj - NPG 6791

R.B. Kitaj ('Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow')

by R.B. Kitaj
oil on canvas, 1993-1994
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6791

Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje, by Daphne Todd - NPG 6522

Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje

by Daphne Todd
oil on board, 1995
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6522

Vogue's Millennium Party, by Mario Testino - NPG P1022

Vogue's Millennium Party

by Mario Testino
C-type colour print, 1999
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1022

Nelson Mandela, by Ian Homer Walters - NPG 6868

Nelson Mandela

by Ian Homer Walters
bronze bust, 2008, based on a work of 2001
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6868

Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès, by Philip Oliver Hale - NPG 6619

Thomas Joseph Edmund Adès

by Philip Oliver Hale
oil on canvas, 2002
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6619

David Hockney ('Self-Portrait with Charlie'), by David Hockney - NPG 6819

David Hockney ('Self-Portrait with Charlie')

by David Hockney
oil on canvas, 2005
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6819

Willard White, by Ishbel Myerscough - NPG 6886

Willard White

by Ishbel Myerscough
oil on canvas, 2009
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6886

Anna Wintour, by Alex Katz - NPG 6908

Anna Wintour

by Alex Katz
oil on linen, 2009
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6908

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, by Paul Emsley - NPG 6956

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2012
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6956

Dame Monica Margaret Mason, by Saied Dai - NPG 6978

Dame Monica Margaret Mason

by Saied Dai
oil on board, 2013
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6978

William Booth, by E.H. Mills - NPG x38282

William Booth

by E.H. Mills
bromide print
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x38282

D.H. Lawrence, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x36138

D.H. Lawrence

by Elliott & Fry
bromide press print, circa 1915
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x36138

Laura Knight, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85442

Laura Knight

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 20 February 1936
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x85442

Alan Sillitoe, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88227

Alan Sillitoe

by Mark Gerson
modern bromide print, October 1958
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x88227

Samantha Morton, by Sarah Dunn - NPG x126718

Samantha Morton

by Sarah Dunn
C-type colour print, June 2000
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x126718

Becky Downie, by Emma Hardy - NPG x128784

Becky Downie

by Emma Hardy
C-type colour print, 11 August 2006
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x128784

Carl Froch, by Sam Holden - NPG x137682

Carl Froch

by Sam Holden
C-type colour print, May 2013
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x137682

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild ('Man in a Chair')

by Lucian Freud
oil on canvas, 1989
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L201

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Sir Stelios Haji-Iannou

by Mary Jane Ansell
oil on aluminium panel, 2015
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6995

Eric George Irons, by Unknown photographer - NPG x199967

Eric George Irons

by Unknown photographer
bromide press print, June 1962
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199967

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Vivian Alexander ('Viv') Anderson

by Bob Thomas
bromide press print, 1984
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199814

Vicky McClure, by Dieter Brandenburg - NPG x199815

Vicky McClure

by Dieter Brandenburg
modern bromide print from digital file, 2011
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199815

Jake Bugg, by Julian Broad - NPG x199964

Jake Bugg

by Julian Broad
C-type colour print, 2013
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x199964