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Olympians: From London to Rio

Past display archive
28 July - 15 September 2016

Main Hall


Jessica Ennis-Hill
by Kate Peters
NPG P1832

After the resounding success of the British team at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, having won sixty-five and 120 medals respectively, Britain’s most talented athletes are competing again at the summer 2016 Games in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. The Olympic Games take place from 5 to 21 August and the Paralympic Games are from 7 to 18 September.

This selection of portraits celebrates this international sporting event with photographs by Kate Peters of key figures from the 2012 Games who are competing again this year. Set against a black background, Peters’s bold portraits assert their sitters’ physical presence, strength and determination. Anderson & Low’s portraits are derived from an extensive body of portraits commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to mark London 2012, which resulted in 115 works by seven photographers.

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