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Shakespeare to Winehouse

Take a peek at a selection of the portraits you can see in the exhibition.

Selected images

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 associated with John Taylor. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856. © National Portrait Gallery, London
'Amy-Blue' (Amy Winehouse), 2011 Marlene Dumas
'Amy-Blue' (Amy Winehouse), 2011 Marlene Dumas. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 2012. © Marlene Dumas; courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson
Ed Sheeran, 2016 Colin Davidson. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased, 2017. © Colin Davidson
Leonora Carrington, St. Martin d'Ardèche, France, 1939 Lee Miller
Leonora Carrington, St. Martin d'Ardèche, France, 1939 Lee Miller. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased, 2004. © Lee Miller Archives, England 2021. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk
David Beckham, November 1998 Lorenzo Agius
David Beckham, November 1998 Lorenzo Agius. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased, 2000. © Lorenzo Agius
Malala Yousafzai, 2018 Shirin Neshat
Malala Yousafzai, 2018 Shirin Neshat. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Commissioned with support from Scott Collins and Lotta Ashdown, in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, 2018.. © National Portrait Gallery, London
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575  associated with Nicholas Hilliard
Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1575 associated with Nicholas Hilliard. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased 1865.. © National Portrait Gallery, London
King Henry VIII, 1597-1618 Unknown artist
King Henry VIII, 1597-1618 Unknown artist. National Portrait Gallery, London
Purchased, 1974. © National Portrait Gallery, London
Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine, c. 1610 Robert Peake the Elder
Princess Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia and Electress Palatine, c. 1610 Robert Peake the Elder. National Portrait Gallery, London
Purchased, 1991. © National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary Seacole, 1869 Albert Charles Challen
Mary Seacole, 1869 Albert Charles Challen. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased with help from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Gallery supporters, 2008. © National Portrait Gallery, London
Radclyffe Hall, 1918 Charles Buchel
Radclyffe Hall, 1918 Charles Buchel. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Bequeathed by Una Elena Vincenzo (née Taylor), Lady Troubridge, 1963. © National Portrait Gallery, London
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë
The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), c. 1834 Patrick Branwell Brontë. National Portrait Gallery, London.
Purchased, 1914. © National Portrait Gallery, London
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