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William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Current exhibition

From Shakespeare to Winehouse, Darwin to Dickens, the Beatles, Brontë sisters and Beckham, the National Portrait Gallery London holds the world’s most extensive collection of portraits.

The Capel Family, c. 1640 Cornelius Johnson

Audio described tour

Shakespeare to Winehouse
Event, Friday 1 July

Listen in on our tour for visitors who are blind or have low vision. Join us in the Gallery as we explore artworks from our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London with audio descriptions.

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

Announcing Shakespeare to Winehouse

24 November 2021
Media

More than eighty treasures from the National Portrait Gallery London will travel to Canberra for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from March 2022.

Tim Fairfax

Tim Fairfax, 2018

by Russell Shakespeare
General content

Commissioned with funds provided by The Calvert-Jones Foundation 2018

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver
Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver

Slow Motion @ 300kms per hour Mark 'Sparky'™ Webber, Formula 1 Driver, 2016

Gino Zardo
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2019

Visiting the Gallery

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The Gallery

COVID-19 information, location, accessibility and amenities.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Audio described exhibition portraits

Audio description

Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

John Bell
John Bell
John Bell

John Bell, 1962 (printed 2006)

Jozef Vissel
Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2006

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester

Photography and filming

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As long as it for personal use, you can take photos of any of the portraits (except the ones with the No Photos icon or in the Shakespeare to Winehouse exhibition).

Self portrait, c. 1640 Sir Anthony van Dyck

Virtual Highlights Tour

Sumptuous and Virtuoso Oil Painting
Event, Tuesday 5 July

From pearls, jewels and silk to a self-portrait all about flesh, join us for a feast of portraits from Shakespeare to Winehouse where opulence, prowess and oil painting collide.

Beatrix Potter, 1938 Delmar Banner

Family space

Play Plot
Event, Daily from Saturday 2 July

This school holidays, remember to hop (like Peter Rabbit) into our play plot! Inspired by Beatrix Potter’s portrait in our special exhibition, Shakespeare to Winehouse.

Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear
Study for John Bell as King Lear

Study for John Bell as King Lear, 1998-2001

Nicholas Harding
Portrait, ink, charcoal and conté on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2010
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

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