Picturing friendship

    Darcey Bussell; Lindsay Taylor,    by Tom Miller,    3 January 2002,    NPG x125419,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Darcey Bussell; Lindsay Taylor by Tom Miller 3 January 2002 NPG x125419

Past display archive
30 June 2018 - 6 May 2019

Room 16, Floor 2


Continuing a series of thematic explorations of the Collection, this display draws together historic and contemporary portraits that record and affirm the bonds of friendship. Featuring a diverse range of works, including photographs of Morecambe and Wise and Elizabeth Taylor with David Bowie, the portraits share a sense of the pleasure, comfort or stimulation experienced in the company of friends. Alongside recently acquired photographs, including George Harrison with Ravi Shankar, is the earliest known oil self-portrait produced in England, Gerlach Flicke’s double portrait with the pirate Henry Strangwish, which was painted in 1554 when the pair were imprisoned in the Tower of London.