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Displays (7)

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 31 May 2020
Room 3, Floor 2
Free

This small display examines the Tudor construction of Plantagenet portraits and their legacy in the popular imagination.


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Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

Everyday Icons: Collecting Popular Portraits

7 September 2019 - 1 March 2020
Room 16, Floor 2
Free

This display focuses on ‘Popular Portraits’ – representations of named individuals or identifiable characters that would have been owned or seen by a wide cross-section of society. ‘Popular Portraits’ have been part of everyday life from the Anglo-Saxons to the present day, spanning political caricatures to Barbie dolls modelled on royalty and the peoples’ heroes.


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Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

26 July 2019 - 1 June 2020
Room 18, Floor 2
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a tragic event which is part of the unfolding story of the development of civil rights and democracy.


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Portraying George Eliot

Portraying George Eliot

16 January - 8 December 2019
Room 25, Floor 1
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot (1819–80), one of Britain’s most renowned novelists.


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Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

Inspiring Photographs: Collecting for the Future

5 October 2019 - 1 June 2020
Room 29, Floor 1
Free

Alongside contemporary musicians and politicians, the display includes women photographers, BAME artists and sitters, and members of the LGBTQ community, highlighting the Gallery’s ongoing commitment to represent diversity.


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Indian Nobility in Britain

Indian Nobility in Britain

6 April - 15 December 2019
Room 31 showcase, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century.


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The Outset Commission 2019: Jonathan Ive by Andreas Gursky

The Outset Commission 2019: Jonathan Ive by Andreas Gursky

5 October 2019 - 1 June 2020
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has commissioned a major new portrait of designer Sir Jonathan Ive by the photographer Andreas Gursky, supported by Scott Collins in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund. This is the second in a series of three Outset commissions, following on from the first portrait of Malala Yousafzai by the artist Shirin Neshat in 2018. 


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