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Our #portraitoftheday is Royal Academician Dhruva Mistry and his sitter and fellow sculptor Trupti Patel. 📷 Trupti Patel...
05/01/2021

Our #portraitoftheday is Royal Academician Dhruva Mistry and his sitter and fellow sculptor Trupti Patel.

📷 Trupti Patel and Dhruva Mistry by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, June 1991

Augustus John was born #onthisday in 1878.This portrait was by John’s close friend and Slade Art School companion Sir Wi...
04/01/2021

Augustus John was born #onthisday in 1878.

This portrait was by John’s close friend and Slade Art School companion Sir William Orpen. Later, John would go on to remark that it did not capture 'the shy, dreamy and reticent character of its model'.

🎨 by Sir William Orpen, exhibited 1900

“Not all those who wander are lost”Writer J.R.R Tolkien was born #onthisday in 1892. Tell us, who is your favourite Tolk...
03/01/2021

“Not all those who wander are lost”

Writer J.R.R Tolkien was born #onthisday in 1892. Tell us, who is your favourite Tolkien character? 📖

📷 by John Wyatt, February 1968

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in...
02/01/2021

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in the show. ⁠

⭐ Explore the virtual exhibition today, and have your say ➡️ http://ow.ly/8svn50CSaOF

📷 by Ingvar Kenne © Ingvar Kenne⁠

What’s your new year’s resolution? Perhaps to be more creative? Throughout January we’ll be sharing portraits of artists...
01/01/2021

What’s your new year’s resolution? Perhaps to be more creative? Throughout January we’ll be sharing portraits of artists in their studios, with a hope to provide you with some inspiration 🖌️🎨💡

📷 Elisabeth Frink by Ida Kar, 1956

We wish you all a happy and safe New Year – here’s to a brighter 2021🌈☀️📷 Rainbow, portrait by Helen Pugh, Edinburgh. Ta...
31/12/2020

We wish you all a happy and safe New Year – here’s to a brighter 2021🌈☀️

📷 Rainbow, portrait by Helen Pugh, Edinburgh. Taken from #HoldStill2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is Thomas Cranmer by German artist Gerlach Flicke, painted 1545-46.Appointed Archbishop of Can...
30/12/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is Thomas Cranmer by German artist Gerlach Flicke, painted 1545-46.

Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533 following the death of William Warham, it was Cranmer who secured Henry VIII's divorce from Katherine of Aragon later the same year.

Discover Dan Nelken’s stunning portrait of the  ‘powerful, proud, hard-working and resilient’ Olga, in this year’s Taylo...
29/12/2020

Discover Dan Nelken’s stunning portrait of the ‘powerful, proud, hard-working and resilient’ Olga, in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. ➡️ https://bit.ly/39SiKND

#HappyBirthday to the brilliant Dame Maggie Smith. ⠀From Shakespeare to #HarryPotter, the Oscar winner's performances co...
28/12/2020

#HappyBirthday to the brilliant Dame Maggie Smith.

From Shakespeare to #HarryPotter, the Oscar winner's performances continue to dazzle audiences from around the world ⭐ Tell us, What’s your favourite?

🎨 by James Lloyd, 2012

Our #portraitoftheday is Mary, Queen of Scots. Although this portrait was once thought to be later, recent analysis of t...
27/12/2020

Our #portraitoftheday is Mary, Queen of Scots. Although this portrait was once thought to be later, recent analysis of the panel support has dated the wood to the mid-sixteenth century, indicating that it was made during her lifetime.

🎨 Mary, Queen of Scots after Nicholas Hilliard, inscribed 1578

We were proud to see some of the #HoldStill2020 photographs feature in Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast yeste...
26/12/2020

We were proud to see some of the #HoldStill2020 photographs feature in Her Majesty The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast yesterday as she reflected on acts of kindness during this extraordinary year.

📸 Care Worker by Karwai Tang, Elstree, Hertfordshire;
Feeding the Vulnerable by Alexandra Beeley, Middleton, Greater Manchester;
Tony Hudgell’s 10K Walk for Evelina London by David Tett, Kent;
Sami by Grey Hutton, London

Explore more Hold Still images in the online exhibition www.npg.org.uk/holdstill

Charles Babbage, mathematician and computer pioneer, was born #onthisday 1791.⁠⁠Babbage devised a calculating machine, o...
26/12/2020

Charles Babbage, mathematician and computer pioneer, was born #onthisday 1791.⁠

Babbage devised a calculating machine, or 'analytical engine', to which he devoted much of his life and fortune. During his career he was Professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, 1829-39, and a founder of the Statistical Society in 1834.⁠

🎨 by Samuel Laurence, 1845 © National Portrait Gallery, London⁠

Including prints, books, jewellery and more, why not take a look at our #BoxingDay sale ➡️ http://bit.ly/37GVlNw
26/12/2020

Including prints, books, jewellery and more, why not take a look at our #BoxingDay sale ➡️ http://bit.ly/37GVlNw

#MerryChristmas from the National Portrait Gallery, London! 🌟🎄🎅📷 Dorothy Ward by Fielding of Leeds, 1910s
25/12/2020

#MerryChristmas from the National Portrait Gallery, London! 🌟🎄🎅

📷 Dorothy Ward by Fielding of Leeds, 1910s

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of Edwin Sandys and Cicely Sandys (née Wilford).This unusual double portrait is an example ...
24/12/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of Edwin Sandys and Cicely Sandys (née Wilford).

This unusual double portrait is an example of a painting designed to hang in a domestic environment. The couple are probably represented here some years after their marriage. Edwin Sandys was the Archbishop of York, and at this time the marriage of members of the clergy was only a recent phenomenon. After they married the couple went onto have nine children - seven sons and two daughters.

🎨 Edwin Sandys; Cicely Sandys (née Wilford), after Unknown artist, late 17th century, based on a work of 1571

Brazilian photographer Simone Strijk photographed the Kalunga community, the largest quilombo or settlement in the regio...
23/12/2020

Brazilian photographer Simone Strijk photographed the Kalunga community, the largest quilombo or settlement in the region, established by people of African descent who had escaped slavery at the end of the eighteenth century. With its thick, strong branches, the pequi tree has become a site of play for the local children, who clamber amongst its branches. In Strijk’s black-and-white image, the tree fills the frame and obscures the horizon, a wealth of detail camouflaging the sitters speaks to a harmonious blend between the children and their natural environment.⁠

Discover Strijk’s striking portrait in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 ➡️ https://bit.ly/39SiKND

Our #portraitoftheday is of Katherine Parr.Parr was known to be a learned and pious woman, who had a moderating influenc...
22/12/2020

Our #portraitoftheday is of Katherine Parr.

Parr was known to be a learned and pious woman, who had a moderating influence on an ageing Henry VIII. She showed great kindness to the king's children by his earlier marriages (Mary, Elizabeth and Edward), and tried to diminish religious persecution during her time as Queen. After Henry's death, she married Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley in 1547, but sadly died just a year later, shortly after giving birth to a daughter.

🎨 Katherine Parr by Unknown artist, late 16th century

We’re delighted to announce that a portrait of celebrated 17th century dancer Gaetan Apolline Balthazar Vestris by Thoma...
21/12/2020

We’re delighted to announce that a portrait of celebrated 17th century dancer Gaetan Apolline Balthazar Vestris by Thomas Gainsborough has entered our Collection from the estate of George Pinto thanks to the Arts Council England’s #AcceptanceInLieu scheme. This elegant portrait will go on loan to Gainsborough's House from autumn 2021, alongside other works from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection, to be enjoyed by the public while we are closed for major redevelopment works.

⭐Christie’s Heritage and Taxation experts negotiated the acceptance in lieu of the painting.

➡️To find out more about the Acceptance in Lieu scheme: http://ow.ly/wcEQ50CQOwE

🎨 Gaetan Apolline Balthazar Vestris by Thomas Gainsborough, 1780-81

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in...
19/12/2020

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in the show. ⭐ Explore the virtual exhibition today, and have your say ➡️ http://ow.ly/iLS850CBQkk

📷 Stormzy by Ana Cuba © Ana Cuba

Our #Portraitoftheday is Elizabeth I.This painting is known as the ‘Coronation portrait’ and shows Elizabeth crowned, we...
18/12/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is Elizabeth I.

This painting is known as the ‘Coronation portrait’ and shows Elizabeth crowned, wearing the cloth-of-gold robes that she wore at her coronation on 15 January 1559. Her hair is worn loose, which was traditional for the coronation of a queen, and she holds the orb and sceptre of state as symbols of her authority.

🎨 Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown English artist, circa 1600

Are you looking for some last-minute stocking fillers? Discover our great selection of Tudor-inspired #Christmasgifts in...
17/12/2020

Are you looking for some last-minute stocking fillers? Discover our great selection of Tudor-inspired #Christmasgifts in our Facebook Shop 🎁🎄

🎅 Final orders for standard UK delivery by 18 Dec

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”#...
16/12/2020

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

#JaneAusten was born #onthisday in 1775. What’s your favourite Austen novel?

✏️Jane Austen by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810

Explore the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits, including this portrait of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, in our online exhib...
15/12/2020

Explore the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits, including this portrait of Captain Sir Thomas Moore, in our online exhibition ➡️ https://bit.ly/35aXsa6

📷 by Terry Harris, Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire

In the summer of 2020, the River Lea in east London became a refuge for locals – a place to escape the strict lockdown r...
14/12/2020

In the summer of 2020, the River Lea in east London became a refuge for locals – a place to escape the strict lockdown rules, to relax, swim, reconnect with nature and to safely reunite with friends and family. During a visit photographer Sophia Evans captured three generations of the Diaz family – discover Evans’ work in this year’s #PhotoPrize virtual exhibition.

⭐⁠ https://bit.ly/39SiKND

📷 ‘Three generations of the Diaz family from Medellin, Colombia’ from the series ‘River Lea, Hackney’ by Sophia Evans © Sophia Evans⁠

Our #Portraitoftheday is Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex.This portrait is an early seventeenth-century version of an orig...
13/12/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex.

This portrait is an early seventeenth-century version of an original by Hans Holbein in the Frick Collection, New York, and belonged to Cromwell's descendants.

“Hanna and her nurse heading to theatre... during this uncertain time, I felt it was important to document this shared e...
12/12/2020

“Hanna and her nurse heading to theatre... during this uncertain time, I felt it was important to document this shared experience and capture a moment which highlights care, compassion and positivity.”

📷 ‘You’re in Safe Hands’ by Lisa Miller, Glasgow #HoldStill2020

11/12/2020
⭐ Congratulations ⭐

Watch the moment Alys Tomlinson discovers she's won this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

"The Gallery has not undertaken such a huge move since portraits were evacuated to Buckinghamshire during the Second Wor...
10/12/2020

"The Gallery has not undertaken such a huge move since portraits were evacuated to Buckinghamshire during the Second World War."

In our latest blog Edward Purvis, Head of Collections Services, offers a behind the scenes look into the initial stages of the Gallery's major redevelopment project, Inspiring People.

Take a look ➡️ https://bit.ly/2W2RPXe

📷 David Parry

Discover the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020, the leading competition, which celebrates the best in cont...
09/12/2020

Discover the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020, the leading competition, which celebrates the best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world ➡️ https://bit.ly/39SiKND

📷 ‘Juliet from the series It Must be Built From Ashes’ by Justin Keene

“We always want our residents at our dementia nursing home to know we are smiling under our masks…we wanted to show not ...
08/12/2020

“We always want our residents at our dementia nursing home to know we are smiling under our masks…we wanted to show not only our smiling eyes but our friendly faces too.”

📷 ‘We Always Wear a Smile’ by Jill Bowler and Trevor Edwards #HoldStil2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is of an unknown sitter, formerly thought to be Margaret Tudor. Microscopic examination of her med...
07/12/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is of an unknown sitter, formerly thought to be Margaret Tudor.

Microscopic examination of her medallion has revealed a horseman hunting with a falcon. Falconry and courtly love were frequently linked in medieval literature, so it is possible that the sitter is wearing a love token.

🎨 by Unknown French artist, circa 1520

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in...
06/12/2020

Every year we give visitors to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize the opportunity to vote for their favourite in the show. ⭐ Explore the virtual exhibition today, and have your say ➡️ http://ow.ly/iLS850CBQkk

📷 by Gideon Mendel

Our #Portraitoftheday is Elizabeth of York. You’ll notice in the portrait, which was made a considerable time after her ...
05/12/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is Elizabeth of York. You’ll notice in the portrait, which was made a considerable time after her death, Elizabeth holds a white rose, the symbol of the House of York.

🎨 by Unknown artist, late 16th century, based on a work of circa 1500

Pioneering Nurse Edith Cavell was born #onthisday in 1865. ⭐Discover Cavell's heroic story: http://ow.ly/xPTH50xrPoR 📷 E...
04/12/2020

Pioneering Nurse Edith Cavell was born #onthisday in 1865. ⭐Discover Cavell's heroic story: http://ow.ly/xPTH50xrPoR

📷 Edith Cavell by Eleanor M. Ross, circa 1917

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Hold-Still 2020, Entries closed 18th June! I"ve sumit my picture! Buenas Suerte!!!