Author(s): National Portrait Gallery
Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery, London, holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. 100 Writers and Artists from the National Portrait Gallery brings together a huge range of cultural icons - from William Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling and J.M.W. Turner to David Hockney. 100 postcards of authors, poets, painters, sculptors and photographers, in colour and black and white and a wide variety of styles and media, to keep, frame or send, packed in a sturdy keepsake box. Portraits include Agatha Christie, Byron, Charles Dickens, Daphne Du Maurier, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, DH Lawrence, EM Forster, Frances Bacon, George Bernard Shaw, Gwen John, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Henry Moore, Ian Fleming, Iris Murdoch, James A M Whistler, J M Barrie, James Joyce, Joan Miro, John Constable, Joseph Conrad, Katherine Mansfield, Kazuo Ishiguro, Keats, Laurie Lee, Lewis Carroll, Lucian Freud, Lucien Pisarro, Man Ray, Nancy Mitford, Noel Coward, Oscar Wilde, R L Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Rex Whistler, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, T S Elliott, Vanessa Bell, Vita Sackville West and William Wordsworth.
As well as many self portraits, there are portraits by Cecil Beaton, Vanessa Bell, Ida Kar, Peter Edwards, Camille Pisarro, Duncan Grant, John Gay, Richard Doyle, Howard Coster, Clemence Dane, Godfrey Argent, John Singer Sargent and Augustus John.
Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is 'to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media'. The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust.