National Portrait Gallery
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Portraits don't have to be stuffy. The National Portrait Gallery has everything from oil paintings of stiff-backed royals to photos of soccer stars and gloriously unflattering political caricatures. The portraits of musicians, scientists, artists, philanthropists and celebrities are arranged in chronological order from the top to the bottom of the building. At the top of the escalator up from the main foyer are the earliest works, portraits of Tudor and Stuart royals and notables. On the same floor, the eighteenth-century collection features Georgian writers and artists, with one room devoted to the influential Kit-Cat Club of Whig (leftish) intellectuals, Congreve and Dryden among them. More famous names here include Wren and Swift. The Duveen Extension contains Regency greats, military men such as Wellington and Nelson, as well as Byron, Wordsworth and other Romantics. The first floor is devoted to the Victorians (Dickens, Brunel, Darwin) and, in the Duveen Extension, the twentieth century. And if you’ve ever wanted to see a blurry painting of Ed Sheeran, and God knows we all have, the NPG is the place to be. But when you’re done wondering how someone could possibly get hold of that much ginger paint, enjoy the rest of the collection, it's all better than that one painting, promise.
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I cannot believe I have been in London for over 4 years and never been to the National Portrait Gallery! I am glad my friend took me on a Sunday afternoon, for a quick visit. I like museums that are small and where you can chose the period you want to focus on, so it was perfect. We actually ended up seeing everything, as you can do it in one hour. I liked the Tudors and Elizabethan ones, as it's always interesting to imagine the artists making these paintings many centuries ago. One of the most impressive portrait is the very famous one of Queen Elizabeth I. There are also a lot of recent portraits, like Dame Judi Dench or Princess Catherine. Lovely museum, not to be missed!
I love the central location of the National Portrait Gallery, the sweeping staircases and the very thoughtful manner they have been able to meet old and new both in regard to content but also the building itself. It's seemless. Everything has been thought of and there is something here to capture everybody's imagination and interest, no matter what your age.
I like I can take it in stages to come and go to my hearts content, previously I discoversed portrait's of the royal family through the ages and pime ministers.
I enjoy the variety but also find it just as interesting watching the reaction to the people who are looking at the art as much as the art itself. Wonderfully absorbing place, go soak it up.
London's best kept secret. It's not packed out with eminent Victorians (though it does have a few). You're greeted by photographs and paintings of people in the news today. There's even a video of David Beckham sleeping! I love the annual portrait and photographic competitions. Never agree with the judges but always find things that I love
I adore the permanent collection here, and especially the 20th/21st century collection - it's like stepping into an edition of Hello curated by intellectuals and created by the best artists around.
I went after work on a late night Thursday opening - there was a live progressive house DJ which reverberated around the 19 century galleries - I had a skip in my walk! I really loved the Tudor section because of the infamous King Henry 8th and his many wife's - I felt that I intimately got acquainted with them all. It was also fascinating to see and learn more about the various different 19 / 20th century scientists, traders, explorers and romantics - all people that shaped the western world we live in today. I will be visiting again as two hours was not enough!
One of my favorite places in London. The National Portrait Gallery is a must see for all art lovers.
I particularly enjoy the BP Portrait Competition. Some of the best contemporary painters take part and the quality of the work submitted is superb!
A must on any trip to London, the National Portrait Gallery houses an incredible collection of portraits. Every time I visit I find something new and intriguing amongst the thousands of paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs of subjects from Anne Boleyn to Rio Ferdinand. It is free to enter but I would definitely the café as the food is excellent and great value for the city centre.
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