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Happy 95th Birthday to #NationalTreasure, #conservationist and renowned broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough 🎉Which is yo...
08/05/2021

Happy 95th Birthday to #NationalTreasure, #conservationist and renowned broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough 🎉

Which is your favourite Attenborough documentary?

📷 by Sam Barker, 2015 © Sam Barker

Happy 95th Birthday to #NationalTreasure, #conservationist and renowned broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough 🎉

Which is your favourite Attenborough documentary?

📷 by Sam Barker, 2015 © Sam Barker

07/05/2021
The Duchess of Cambridge Visits the Heinz Archive and Library

We were delighted to welcome The Duchess of Cambridge to the Gallery’s Heinz Archive and Library to mark the release of the Hold Still publication. The Gallery also announced today that it is to acquire the digital images of all one hundred portraits featured in the project, preserving this unique collective portrait of the first nationwide lockdown for the future, as part of the Gallery’s national Collection. Her Royal Highness met with some of the Hold Still entrants and viewed other photographic portraits from the Gallery’s extensive archive.

📚The publication Hold Still: A Portrait of our Nation in 2020 is supported by Co-op

06/05/2021
Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020

To celebrate the publication of Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2021 we are delighted to share with you a series of telephone calls that The Duchess of Cambridge held with participants from the project.

The calls, which will be released gradually this spring, took place last autumn and saw The Duchess speak to a number of the 100 finalists, who shared their experiences of life during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK by submitting images to Hold Still.

⭐ Head to our website to find out more ➡ https://bit.ly/3eVVj6V

06/05/2021
Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation 2020

⭐We’re almost there⭐ Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation 2020 is available to buy from tomorrow (Friday 7 May).

Featuring an introduction from The Duchess of Cambridge, this new publication, supported by Co-op will include the one hundred portraits selected for the Hold Still exhibition creating a unique record of our shared and individual experiences during this extraordinary period of history.

Head to our shop to take a look ➡ https://npgshop.org.uk/products/hold-still-hardcover

⭐The net proceeds from the sale of the book will be equally split to support the work of the National Portrait Gallery and Mind, the mental health charity (registered 219830).

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international ...
05/05/2021

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international competition, which celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography ➡️ https://bit.ly/3ejgNeQ

📷 by Nigel Clarke, 2018 © Nigel Clarke #PhotoPrize

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international competition, which celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography ➡️ https://bit.ly/3ejgNeQ

📷 by Nigel Clarke, 2018 © Nigel Clarke #PhotoPrize

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" 🌟#Actor and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was born #onthisda...
04/05/2021

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" 🌟
#Actor and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was born #onthisday

#NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #Icon

📷 Audrey Hepburn in costume for 'The Secret People', by Bassano Ltd, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" 🌟
#Actor and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn was born #onthisday

#NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #Icon

📷 Audrey Hepburn in costume for 'The Secret People', by Bassano Ltd, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Happy #MayDay 💐 In this beautifully composed portrait, pioneering photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron portrays her hous...
03/05/2021

Happy #MayDay 💐 In this beautifully composed portrait, pioneering photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron portrays her housemaid Mary Ryan crowned as the 'May Queen'.

📷 'May Day' by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866 © National Portrait Gallery, London⁠

Happy #MayDay 💐 In this beautifully composed portrait, pioneering photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron portrays her housemaid Mary Ryan crowned as the 'May Queen'.

📷 'May Day' by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1866 © National Portrait Gallery, London⁠

02/05/2021
How to | Make a Board Game

Learn how to make your very own family-friendly board game, inspired by the amazing Mary Seacole.

Today’s #portraitoftheday features Hugh Culling Eardley Childers. Painted by his daughter, the artist Emily Maria Eardle...
01/05/2021

Today’s #portraitoftheday features Hugh Culling Eardley Childers. Painted by his daughter, the artist Emily Maria Eardley ('Milly') Childers, it depicts the statesman quietly reading in his lush, green garden 🌷🌿

🎨 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London #Springtime

Today’s #portraitoftheday features Hugh Culling Eardley Childers. Painted by his daughter, the artist Emily Maria Eardley ('Milly') Childers, it depicts the statesman quietly reading in his lush, green garden 🌷🌿

🎨 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London #Springtime

Our newest International exhibition ‘Icons and Identities from the National Portrait Gallery, London’ opened this week a...
30/04/2021

Our newest International exhibition ‘Icons and Identities from the National Portrait Gallery, London’ opened this week at the National Museum of Korea. It is the first-ever show dedicated to western portraiture to travel to the country and features seventy-eight of the National Portrait Gallery’s most significant works, shown together internationally for the first time while the Gallery is temporarily closed for our transformational project, Inspiring People.

⭐To find out more ➡ https://bit.ly/32YMTWK
⭐Tap the image to shop the exhibition catalogue

📷 Image courtesy of National Museum of Korea

Our newest International exhibition ‘Icons and Identities from the National Portrait Gallery, London’ opened this week at the National Museum of Korea. It is the first-ever show dedicated to western portraiture to travel to the country and features seventy-eight of the National Portrait Gallery’s most significant works, shown together internationally for the first time while the Gallery is temporarily closed for our transformational project, Inspiring People.

⭐To find out more ➡ https://bit.ly/32YMTWK
⭐Tap the image to shop the exhibition catalogue

📷 Image courtesy of National Museum of Korea

“The love of a country, like all loves, must be nurtured, and I feel that this project has helped to unlock this missing...
28/04/2021

“The love of a country, like all loves, must be nurtured, and I feel that this project has helped to unlock this missing piece in my journey to finally understand and appreciate my Bangladeshi heritage...”

Read on to hear from Citizen Researcher Sabiya Khatun, as she reflects on her work as part of the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives Citizen UK team ➡️ https://bit.ly/3t269gy

📷 An Album of 1971: Bangladesh Liberation Movement, Yousuf Choudhury. Published by Ethnic Minorities Original History and Research Centre, 2004

“The love of a country, like all loves, must be nurtured, and I feel that this project has helped to unlock this missing piece in my journey to finally understand and appreciate my Bangladeshi heritage...”

Read on to hear from Citizen Researcher Sabiya Khatun, as she reflects on her work as part of the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives Citizen UK team ➡️ https://bit.ly/3t269gy

📷 An Album of 1971: Bangladesh Liberation Movement, Yousuf Choudhury. Published by Ethnic Minorities Original History and Research Centre, 2004

Political radical, author & one of the founders of modern British #feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft was born #onthisday🎙️Le...
27/04/2021

Political radical, author & one of the founders of modern British #feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft was born #onthisday

🎙️Learn more about Wollstonecraft in The Making of a Pioneer podcast ➡️http://ow.ly/Fe5v50EveW7

🎨by John Opie, circa 1797
© National Portrait Gallery, London

Political radical, author & one of the founders of modern British #feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft was born #onthisday

🎙️Learn more about Wollstonecraft in The Making of a Pioneer podcast ➡️http://ow.ly/Fe5v50EveW7

🎨by John Opie, circa 1797
© National Portrait Gallery, London

Step back in time to discover the remarkable women who have shaped British history, from leading artists to wartime hero...
26/04/2021

Step back in time to discover the remarkable women who have shaped British history, from leading artists to wartime heroes, experience their stories on one of our London walking tours. #CHANELCultureFund

🚶‍♀️➡️ https://bit.ly/3tIoFfc
📷 Noor Inayat Khan, British Secret Agent

Step back in time to discover the remarkable women who have shaped British history, from leading artists to wartime heroes, experience their stories on one of our London walking tours. #CHANELCultureFund

🚶‍♀️➡️ https://bit.ly/3tIoFfc
📷 Noor Inayat Khan, British Secret Agent

Explore our art material glossary ➡️ select a material from acrylic to wood cut, read a definition, and view illustrativ...
25/04/2021

Explore our art material glossary ➡️ select a material from acrylic to wood cut, read a definition, and view illustrative portraits 🎨✏️⁠

https://bit.ly/3vdxIFn

🎨 Lady Astley Rhoda (née Delaval), attributed to Arthur Pond, circa 1750⁠

Explore our art material glossary ➡️ select a material from acrylic to wood cut, read a definition, and view illustrative portraits 🎨✏️⁠

https://bit.ly/3vdxIFn

🎨 Lady Astley Rhoda (née Delaval), attributed to Arthur Pond, circa 1750⁠

Our #portraitoftheday features Queen Alexandra, Queen consort of Edward VII, and her dog, a Japanese Chin called Punch.🎨...
24/04/2021

Our #portraitoftheday features Queen Alexandra, Queen consort of Edward VII, and her dog, a Japanese Chin called Punch.

🎨 Queen Alexandra after Luke Fildes, 1920, based on a work of 1894

Our #portraitoftheday features Queen Alexandra, Queen consort of Edward VII, and her dog, a Japanese Chin called Punch.

🎨 Queen Alexandra after Luke Fildes, 1920, based on a work of 1894

Happy #WilliamShakespeareday ⭐ #Didyouknow that the ‘Chandos portrait’, named after a previous owner, was the first work...
23/04/2021

Happy #WilliamShakespeareday ⭐ #Didyouknow that the ‘Chandos portrait’, named after a previous owner, was the first work to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection?

🎨 associated with John Taylor, circa 1600-1610

Happy #WilliamShakespeareday ⭐ #Didyouknow that the ‘Chandos portrait’, named after a previous owner, was the first work to enter the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection?

🎨 associated with John Taylor, circa 1600-1610

Our #Portraitoftheday features Mary of Modena. You’ll notice Mary’s hand gently resting on a small Italian greyhound, a ...
22/04/2021

Our #Portraitoftheday features Mary of Modena. You’ll notice Mary’s hand gently resting on a small Italian greyhound, a quiet reference to the sitter’s homeland.

🎨 Mary of Modena by Willem Wissing, circa 1685 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Our #Portraitoftheday features Mary of Modena. You’ll notice Mary’s hand gently resting on a small Italian greyhound, a quiet reference to the sitter’s homeland.

🎨 Mary of Modena by Willem Wissing, circa 1685 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years. Opening 28 May, Tudors t...
21/04/2021

Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years. Opening 28 May, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits is a major royal portraiture exhibition hosted by Royal Museums Greenwich in a unique collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

⭐ Pre-book your ticket today ➡️ http://ow.ly/3DTk50EsTmQ

🎨 King Henry VII by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 © National Portrait Gallery, London⁠

Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years. Opening 28 May, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits is a major royal portraiture exhibition hosted by Royal Museums Greenwich in a unique collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery.

⭐ Pre-book your ticket today ➡️ http://ow.ly/3DTk50EsTmQ

🎨 King Henry VII by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 © National Portrait Gallery, London⁠

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international ...
21/04/2021

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international competition, and celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

⭐ Find out more ➡️ www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

📷 'Wakiesha Titus and Riley Van Harte, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018' from the series 'Drummies' by Alice Mann © Alice Mann

Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. Open to all, it is the leading international competition, and celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

⭐ Find out more ➡️ www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

📷 'Wakiesha Titus and Riley Van Harte, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018' from the series 'Drummies' by Alice Mann © Alice Mann

Our #portraitoftheday features Romantic novelist,  best known for her risqué book ‘Three Weeks’ (1907), Elinor Glyn alon...
20/04/2021

Our #portraitoftheday features Romantic novelist, best known for her risqué book ‘Three Weeks’ (1907), Elinor Glyn alongside her marmalade coloured cats Candide and Zadig – named in tribute to the French writer Voltaire.

📷 by Claude Harris, late 1920s

Our #portraitoftheday features Romantic novelist, best known for her risqué book ‘Three Weeks’ (1907), Elinor Glyn alongside her marmalade coloured cats Candide and Zadig – named in tribute to the French writer Voltaire.

📷 by Claude Harris, late 1920s

The National Portrait Gallery holds the largest collection of Tudor and Elizabethan paintings in the world. Discover the...
18/04/2021

The National Portrait Gallery holds the largest collection of Tudor and Elizabethan paintings in the world. Discover them via our online Collection ➡️ https://bit.ly/3aegUFZ

🎨 Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants by Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger, 1593 © National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery holds the largest collection of Tudor and Elizabethan paintings in the world. Discover them via our online Collection ➡️ https://bit.ly/3aegUFZ

🎨 Sir Thomas More, his father, his household and his descendants by Rowland Lockey, after Hans Holbein the Younger, 1593 © National Portrait Gallery, London

"You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand..."Dusty Springfield, singer and producer, was born #onthisday...
16/04/2021

"You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand..."

Dusty Springfield, singer and producer, was born #onthisday in 1939. 🎵 Do you have a favourite Springfield track?

📷 by Vivienne, 1962-1963 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

"You don't have to say you love me, just be close at hand..."

Dusty Springfield, singer and producer, was born #onthisday in 1939. 🎵 Do you have a favourite Springfield track?

📷 by Vivienne, 1962-1963 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Pictured here with his beloved dog, illustrator and author Richard Wasey Chopping was born #onthisday in 1917. Best know...
14/04/2021

Pictured here with his beloved dog, illustrator and author Richard Wasey Chopping was born #onthisday in 1917. Best known for illustrating the dust jackets of Ian Fleming’s #JamesBond novels, Chopping also authored many natural history and children’s books.

📷 by Francis Goodman Richard Wasey Chopping, May 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Pictured here with his beloved dog, illustrator and author Richard Wasey Chopping was born #onthisday in 1917. Best known for illustrating the dust jackets of Ian Fleming’s #JamesBond novels, Chopping also authored many natural history and children’s books.

📷 by Francis Goodman Richard Wasey Chopping, May 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

As part of the Gallery’s COMING HOME initiative, acclaimed film director Sir Ridley Scott has headed to the Laing Art Ga...
12/04/2021

As part of the Gallery’s COMING HOME initiative, acclaimed film director Sir Ridley Scott has headed to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle as part of an online exhibition. This engaging project includes a series of insightful films alongside the Portrait Challenge – a digital display showcasing works by talented young people from the local area.

⭐ Explore today ➡️ https://laingartgallery.org.uk/online-exhibition-portrait-challenge

🎨 "29:04:37" (Sir Ridley Scott) by Nina Mae Fowler, 2019 © National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: Douglas Atfield

As part of the Gallery’s COMING HOME initiative, acclaimed film director Sir Ridley Scott has headed to the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle as part of an online exhibition. This engaging project includes a series of insightful films alongside the Portrait Challenge – a digital display showcasing works by talented young people from the local area.

⭐ Explore today ➡️ https://laingartgallery.org.uk/online-exhibition-portrait-challenge

🎨 "29:04:37" (Sir Ridley Scott) by Nina Mae Fowler, 2019 © National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo: Douglas Atfield

We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh this morning. Our...
09/04/2021

We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh this morning. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Her Majesty The Queen and all of the Royal Family.

This portrait of Prince Philip and HM Queen Elizabeth II was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The couple are shown in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, shortly before Prince Philip’s ninetieth birthday, during what was the sixty-fourth year of their marriage.

Image credit: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II, by Thomas Struth, 7 April 2011, © Thomas Struth, 2011

We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh this morning. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Her Majesty The Queen and all of the Royal Family.

This portrait of Prince Philip and HM Queen Elizabeth II was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The couple are shown in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle, shortly before Prince Philip’s ninetieth birthday, during what was the sixty-fourth year of their marriage.

Image credit: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II, by Thomas Struth, 7 April 2011, © Thomas Struth, 2011

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Thank You for the amazing Photographs in the #HoldStill2020 collection. They are truly inspiring, I cried the whole way through.............. As an American I can only wish and hope that our country can one day show community as you have with this project❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎💝
MENTAL HEALTH and wellbeing will be an increasing priority in the years to come. With the limitations imposed by COVID-19, www.creativity4wellbeing.com can give people some great ideas to get started with their own creative/art ideas. The biggest hurdle for many is simply to begin, so do have a look. It is worth mentioning that journaling can also enhance our wellbeing and there is a journaling section on this FREE site as well. Creativity is one avenue; other pathways to wellbeing include mindfulness, meditation, tai chi, yoga, rambling, Zumba and conservation, for example. Perhaps it is time to rethink our habitual ways of thinking and being?
Hey team. I missed the Taylor Wessing deadline as I was in hospital. Is there any way I can please still enter? This comp is the only one I care about. The work I want to enter the a on Su***de and Depression in Men. You can see more here: https://www.georgiewileman.com/boys-do-cry Thank you, Georgie Wileman
Stunning, beautiful, real and heartbreaking, look at them all!
How long is this pandemic going to last? Does anyone know? Knowing that it could go on for a while yet, means that we need to try new, potentially fun things for our wellbeing. Have a look at this free website: www.creativity4wellbeing.com. It's packed with hundreds of ideas for art activities and projects. What's to lose....? Stay safe x
Auction this weekend: Work from: Isaac Michael Cohen
Hold-Still 2020, Entries closed 18th June! I"ve sumit my picture! Buenas Suerte!!!