National Portrait Gallery

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Pictures of the historical and famous
An 1856 invention still going strong, the popular National Portrait Gallery displays paintings, drawings, sculpture and photographs by international artists and photographers. The vast collection includes more than 160,000 portraits of British people or those who have made a contribution to British culture, from the 16th century to the present day. Artists range from Rembrandt and Gainsborough to Warhol and Marc Quinn, with subjects ranging from Walter Raleigh, T.S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett and Twiggy to Maggie Smith, Germaine Greer, Fiona Shaw, Stephen Fry and Diana, Princess of Wales, though they won't all be on show. The upstairs Portrait Restaurant offers an unusually dense and layered view south to Trafalgar Square, as seen in Mike Nichols's 2004 film CLOSER. In 2009 the gallery a Gay Icons exhbition, from Virginia Woolf to Joe Dallesandro.


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    • daynegrant
      daynegrant Over a year ago

      A good place to find a portrait.