National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
opened 1856

St Martin's Place London WC2H 0HE



The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery primarily located in St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square in London, but with various satellite outstations located elsewhere in the UK.The gallery opened to the public in 1856. It houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter. The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.


d0079151_2411817.jpgNot all of the portraits are exceptional artistically, although there are self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other British artists of note. Some, such as the group portrait of the participants in the Somerset House Conference of 1604, are important historical documents in their own right. Often the curiosity value is greater than the artistic worth of a work, as in the case of the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI by William Scrots, Patrick Branwell Brontë's painting of his sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne, or a sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Portraits of living figures were allowed from 1969.The Gallery moved to its present building north of and adjacent to the National Gallery in 1896.

FACE ON FASHION Exhibition:15.February - 28.May 2007 / Corinne Day,Mert Alas,Steeven Klein,Mario Sorrenti,etc
National Portrait Gallery / Exhibition "FACE ON FASHION" Official Special Site :


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