Unless you're suffering from election fatigue, explore our gallery of images linked to political figures in living history and political protest over the last century.

This caricature of Edward Heath by Barry Fantoni, with its use of elementary French, was made when the Prime Minister was negotiating Britain's entry into the European Community.

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Unless youre suffering from election fatigue explore our gallery of images linked
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★★★★★ “The last hurrah of an English genius... This exhibition is a wonderful farewell to the greatest English painter of our time” (Philip Hensher)

Planning a visit to Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends? Watch curator Paul Moorhouse's tour of the first exhibition of portraits by a much-missed master of colour.

Find out more about the exhibition and book tickets here:
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Deem Gar
“Under this mask, another mask. I will never finish removing all these faces” (Claude Cahun)

Just a week left to see the surreal self-portraits of two ground-breaking artists in Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask.

Self-portrait (in cupboard) by Claude Cahun, 1932. Jersey Heritage Collections © Jersey Heritage
Under this mask another mask I will never finish removing all these
Maria Papayannakis
Kat Andreakou
Now on display and for sale in our Bookshop Gallery: Photographs Rendered in Play-Doh by artist Eleanor Macnair. Find out more here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Now on display and for sale in our Bookshop Gallery Photographs Rendered
In celebration of Photo London, we've teamed up with Dover Street Market to launch The Museum Shop. Four emerging London-based photographers - Polly Brown, Dham Srifuengfung, Jacob Lillis and Larissa Hofmann - have been commissioned to create imagery for a coaster, tea towel, magnet and compact mirror, responding to the Gallery's architecture and Collection.

This exclusive range is now...
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In celebration of Photo London weve teamed up with Dover Street Market
Booking is now open for BP Portrait Award: Next Generation, our exciting summer programme of free, artist-led workshops and activities for ages 14-21. Find out more and book your place here: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Booking is now open for BP Portrait Award Next Generation our exciting

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Step inside the studio of Lebanese photographer Hashem el Madani in Akram Zaatari's film 28 Nights and a Poem, screening next month at the Gallery.

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Bashasha (left) and a friend. Studio Shehrazade, Saida, Lebanon, late 1950s. Hashem el Madani. Tate: Presented by Tate International Council 2008 © Akram Zaatari, courtesy of Hashem el Madani and...
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Step inside the studio of Lebanese photographer Hashem el Madani in Akram
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“I came out really young. I was never in. I was sure of myself and my sexuality and I’ve got nothing to hide. I went straight from my mother’s womb onto the gay parade.” Alexander McQueen

Today is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Our I Am Me season of events and displays explores how art and portraiture can question ideas of gender and identity. Take a look at...
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I came out really young I was never in I was sure

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Last chance to see the extraordinary self-portraits of Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun - our exhibition closes 29 May: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Helen Gunter
What are your favourite memories from visiting the National Portrait Gallery? Share them with us for Museum Memories Day!
What are your favourite memories from visiting the National Portrait Gallery Share
Helen Reynolds
Annelies Bronkhorst
Connie Bair
We are now accepting entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017. Find out more and enter here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Need some inspiration? 2013 Prize winner Spencer Murphy takes over our Instagram channel all this week: [ Ow.ly Link ]
We are now accepting entries for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Karen Bailey
Christine Parkinson
Chris Dennis
A blindfolded Claude Cahun walking (or being walked by?) her cat for #MewseumMonday

See this portrait in our current exhibition Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask - now in its final weeks! [ Ow.ly Link ]

Le chemin des chats V (Cats’ lane V) by Claude Cahun, c.1948 Jersey Heritage Collections © Jersey Heritage
A blindfolded Claude Cahun walking or being walked by her cat for MewseumMonday
Annie Gordon Milazzo
Antonio Maria Mora
Rebecca Winter
Painter Thomas Gainsborough was baptised on this day in 1727. Here's his portrait of actor David Garrick, who said that the artist's "cranium is so crammed with genius of every kind that it is in danger of bursting on you like a steam engine overcharged". [ Ow.ly Link ]
Painter Thomas Gainsborough was baptised on this day in 1727 Heres his
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Happy National Children’s Day! Here’s the earliest known portrait of the future king, Charles II. It was painted when he was four months old, an age at which he was described by his mother, Henrietta Maria, as 'so fat and so tall that he is taken for a year old'.

This portrait is currently on display in Room 5. [ Ow.ly Link ]
Happy National Childrens Day Heres the earliest known portrait of the future
Lauren McGregor
Jane MacInnes
Amy Miller
For National Train Day, here’s Richard Evans’ portrait of George Bradshaw. In 1839 Bradshaw published the first railway guide and timetable. Bradshaw's Monthly Railway Guide soon became indispensable for travellers, and was used by Michael Portillo in his BBC documentary series, Great British Railway Journeys.

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For National Train Day heres Richard Evans portrait of George Bradshaw In
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Kathleen Miles
Sheryl Sommerville
Our summer season of talks, tours and workshops is now on sale. Take a look at what's on: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Our summer season of talks tours and workshops is now on sale Take a look at what's on:

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For International Nurses’ Day, we’re sharing Jerry Barrett’s portrait of Florence Nightingale, shown receiving casualties in the courtyard of the Barrack Hospital at Scutari, a suburb of Constantinople, during the Crimean War.

Nightingale was responsible for transforming the appalling conditions at the Hospital and laid the foundations for lasting reforms in nursing care. Her campaign on...
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For International Nurses Day were sharing Jerry Barretts portrait of Florence Nightingale
John Francis O'Sullivan
Edith Douglas
David Atkinson
“I am a representational painter," said Howard Hodgkin, "but not a painter of appearances. I paint representational paintings of emotional situations.” At first glance, Hodgkin's portraits appear abstract but are in fact depictions of specific people and situations, filtered through memory, experience and emotion.

What do you think? What makes a portrait?

Small Durand Gardens by Howard...
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I am a representational painter said Howard Hodgkin but not a painter
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PD King
Mustafa Akram
Today Jersey and Guernsey celebrate Liberation Day, marking the anniversary of the end of Nazi occupation of the islands during the Second World War.

In our new blog post, Louise Downie from Jersey Heritage explores the active role that artist Claude Cahun played in the resistance movement. Find out more here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Self-portrait (with Nazi badge between her teeth) by Claude Cahun,...
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Today Jersey and Guernsey celebrate Liberation Day marking the anniversary of the
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Alexa Ballantine
Take an after-hours tour of Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun with broadcaster and writer Amy Lamé and curator Tanya Bentley [ Ow.ly Link ]
Ian Fordyce
Kate Fulton
Cherilyn Haber