Simon Schama's The Face of Britain at the National Portrait Gallery


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Take a look at British history in a whole new light with Simon Schama’s The Face of Britain at the National Portrait Gallery. 

Created to tie in with a new television series for the BBC, this innovative exhibition sees the creation of five curious new displays within the permanent collection. 

Instead of being displayed chronologically, as is the tradition, the new displays are set out by theme instead. 

The aim is for historian Schama (who curated the project) to explore the development, character and meaning of British portraiture. 

Each of the rooms have been allocated a theme, with a selection of portraits from different periods and varying media exploring one of the following: fame, love, power, people and self. 

Featuring notable people from all walks of life, including statesmen, actors, writers and reformers, many of the groupings may surprise people as Schama attempts to link them in a way that explains the British national identity.                 


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National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place
+44 (0)20 7306 0055
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