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.

Advanced Collection search

Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised

Past display archive
7 March - 1 September 2013

Room 38a


Elisabeth (detail) by Susan Aldworth, 2012 © Courtesy of Susan Aldworth and GV Art gallery London

Elisabeth (detail)
by Susan Aldworth, 2012
© Courtesy of Susan Aldworth and GV Art gallery, London

Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster, the portraits by Susan Aldworth in this display depict three individuals with epilepsy. Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, the artist appropriates the illustrative vocabulary of medical science in her innovative printmaking process and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject’s sense of self.

Video and audio

Read A view from the art handlers: installing Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised on the Gallery’s Blog, by Inga Fraser, Assistant Curator

© National Portrait Gallery, London


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

Explore the podcasts

Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

Listen to the playlist

Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

Watch, listen and read