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.

Self image

Self-Image
Devised by Sadie Lee & Liz Rideal

 

This part of the website deals with both male and female self-portraits - almost all of the examples are taken from the National Portrait Gallery collection. All the images are self-portraits.

This resource is particularly relevant to Key Stage 3, Unit 7A, Self-image.

For an exclusively feminine view see... Mirror Mirror


Mary Beale
by Mary Beale
circa 1666
NPG 1687

A self-portrait can be as varied and limitless as our imaginations. It is more than a mere mirror reflection. A self-portrait can be an exact likeness or an abstract whirl of thoughts and feelings. It has the potential to create a myth, tell a story, suggest sadness or joy. A self-portrait is a person's version of themselves.