The Queen: Art and Image comes home to the NPG

Date Posted: 10/04/2012

Touring exhibition, The Queen: Art and Image, opens at London’s National Portrait Gallery in May, following presentations at Edinburgh’s National Gallery Complex, Belfast’s Ulster Museum, and National Museum Cardiff.

Organised by the National Portrait Gallery and running from the 17th May to 21st October; the exhibition marks The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and brings together 60 of the most resonant images of Elizabeth II spanning the 60 years of her reign.

Visiting groups will have the chance to view formal painted portraits, official photographs, media pictures and powerful responses by contemporary artists. The Queen: Art and Image aims to explore both traditional representations and works which extend the visual language of royal portraiture.

Highlights include Annigoni’s life-size 1969 commission for the National Portrait Gallery, and Lucian Freud’s portrait from the National Collection; alongside exhibited photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Wilding, Chris Levine, and Cecil Beaton.

Those organising a group visit to the National Portrait Gallery exhibition can take advantage of discounted rates for parties of ten plus. A minimum of two weeks advance booking is required.

For further group travel information telephone: 020-7766 7344 or visit

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery

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