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Reflections on portraiture

Two beautiful women are currently on display right next to each other in Gallery 7 of the National Portrait Gallery. This raises plenty of contradictions, as you can read further below.

As a lover of history, I sometimes find myself  eagerly reading the exciting stories of men and women of the past and questioning how different it is from reading gossip magazines.

Overheard in the gallery:

Nearly all the portraits at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) are created from life.