A Photographers & Visitors Guide & Timeless Stories

The National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery is, to me, the best of the London Galleries.  Here you can see some excellent portraiture of those who influenced the world we live in. There are many more paintings, here I have shown mostly the more contemporary. 

The Portrait gallery is right behind The National Gallery, very close to Trafalgar Square and St Martin in the Field and not far from St James Park and Westminster.  The nearest underground rail station is Charing Cross.

The brief factual comments are mostly extracts from Wikipedia and more information is available by clicking on the pink links.

David Lloyd GeorgeDavid Lloyd George, laid the foundation for the modern welfare state, served as Prime Minister during WWI and was the last Liberal Party Prime Minister.


Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson, was a pioneering English aviator and was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia.

Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British Suffragette movement.

Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill, needs no introduction.

Anna Neagle

Dame Anna Neagle, a very popular British stage and screen actress.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Dame Margot Fonteyn

Dame Margot Fonteyn, widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time.

Dame Monica Mason

Dame Monica Mason, a former ballet dancer and artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London from 2002 to 2012.

Dorothy L. Sayers

Dorothy L. Sayers, a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist.

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas, a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night”,  “And death shall have no dominion” and the “Play for Voices”, Under Milk Wood.  He also encouraged a reputation as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet”.

Edward William Lane

Edward William Lane, a British Orientalist, translator and lexicographer. He is known for his translation of One Thousand and One Nights, which he censored, with the usual 19th-century view on “Victorian morality”.

Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving, a Victorian actor/manager and the first actor to be awarded a knighthood.

Henry James

Henry James, an American writer who spent most of his writing career in Britain.

James Joyce

James Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922).

Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee, an English poet, novelist and screenwriter. His most famous work was an autobiographical trilogy which consisted of Cider with Rosie (1959), As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (1969) and A Moment of War (1991).

Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I  More of her paintings/history can be found in the post Hatfield House and Elizabeth I.

Lasy Hamilton and Lord Nelson

Lady Hamilton and Admiral Lord Nelson.  A scandalous affair.  Just goes to show that if one is a hero, one can get away with anything.

The Trial of Queen Caroline

The Trial of Queen Caroline.  In fact a parliamentary debate designed to grant King George IV a divorce.

Reformed House of Commons

Reformed House of Commons. Following the Representation of the People Act 1832 .

Sir Earnest Shackleton

Sir Earnest Shackleton.  Amongst his many exploits Shackleton safely brought back his entire expedition after their ship was crushed by Antarctic ice.  It took three years.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. 

I think he probably did more to change the world than anybody else.

7 responses

  1. Never been there but might need to now!


    November 17, 2015 at 20:46

  2. So much variety and good art!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 20, 2015 at 05:42

  3. I’ve been studying lighting for portraiture, so these were great to look at with that kind of “eye.”
    I’m not sure how scandalous the affair was, but I’m amused at the placement of Lady Hamilton’s and Admiral Lord Nelson’s portraits 🙂


    November 26, 2015 at 04:04

    • I’m glad you found it of interest. There are certainly a number of styles in the use of light

      Lady Hamilton (a married women) has certainly got a cheeky look about her. I wonder if those who hung the pictures realised quite how it looked. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      November 26, 2015 at 20:36

  4. This is the first thing I remember about visiting the UK as a child. All I remember is being there. The portraits of pioneering women are remarkable. Thank you for posting.


    November 28, 2015 at 07:07

    • You are welcome. I’m glad I went. Some of the images are not quite what I had expected. 🙂


      November 28, 2015 at 23:41

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