National Portrait Gallery

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and … to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust. The Gallery is increasingly keen to find new ways to share the Collection through the National Programmes, as well as through this website.

The Gallery hosts various exhibition throughout numerous rooms. Some exhibitions are free of charge and other request an entrance fee.

For the free tour you can also rent an audio visual guide for £3.

At the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, the National Portrait Gallery host an exhibition titled: The Queen: Art & Image which brings together some of the most remarkable and resonant images of Elizabeth II made during her reign.  From formal photographs to recent portrait, the exhibition charts the evolving of one of the most portrayed people of all time and the influence of this imagery on changing perception of the monarchy.

This exhibition cost £6.60 and is displayed until 21 October 2012

Among the various room free of charged you can see portrait from modern photographer (Jonathan Oakes, Ben Tomes, Steve Schofield, Sam Taylor-Wood, Peter Akehurst, Andy Warhol and so on). Find below some of my favorite piece of art.

Edward Christopher ('Ed') Sheeran by Steve Schofield

Edward Christopher (‘Ed’) Sheeran by Steve Schofield

Laura Marling by Ben Toms

Laura Marling by Ben Toms

George Best by Neil Libbert

George Best by Neil Libbert

Grace Coddington by Peter Akehurst

Grace Coddington by Peter Akehurst

Sir (James) Paul McCartney ('Mike's Brother'),by Sam Walsh

Sir (James) Paul McCartney (‘Mike’s Brother’),by Sam Walsh

Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales by Nicky Philipps

Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales by Nicky Philipps

Since September 29, you can also see an exhibition about Marilyn Monroe, viewed by British photographer or personalities (Cecil Beaton…)

Marilyn Monroe; Cecil Beaton by Ed Pfizenmaier

Marilyn Monroe; Cecil Beaton by Ed Pfizenmaier

Before you leave the National Portrait Gallery, don’t forget to pass by the bookstore to see the collection of photographs in the room right next to it. An hidden jewel hosting, since September 28, Cinema Portraits of Fred Daniels.

Kay Kendall by Frederick William ('Fred') Daniels

Kay Kendall by Frederick William (‘Fred’) Daniels

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