Founded in 1856 and located just off Trafalgar Square, the National Portrait Gallery is home to the largest collection of portraiture in the world, featuring famous men and women who have helped shape British history from the great Tudor courts to the present day, with contemporary portraits reflecting the diversity, inventiveness and multi-culturalism of modern-day Britain. By weaving together 500 years of history, art, biography and fame, the Gallery offers a unique and fascinating insight into those individuals that together characterise a nation. Visitors can come face to face with kings and queens, courtiers and courtesans, politicians and poets, soldiers and scientists, artists and writers, philosophers and film stars. Its 3,000 paintings feature some of the most iconic and instantly recognisable faces in British history, from Elizabeth I to J. K. Rowling, with artists ranging from Holbein to Hockney. Behind each image is a fascinating story giving an insight into an individual who stood out in their generation and enriched our culture and national consciousness.
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE England
0207 306 0055http://www.npg.org.uk/
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20 October 2019
Today's #portraitoftheday is Georgina Masson, the first black female Officer to the join the British Army. Born in Oxford in 1923, in 1931 she moved to Trinidad, returning to the UK in 1943 as part of the first consignment of West Indian volunteers to assist in the war effort. https://t.co/TFvPafUQgC