Portraits on the Wall at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Annual Exhibition open online now

We are delighted to present the first part of our 2020 annual exhibition online. There will be new works added over the coming weeks until May. The original May dates of the exhibition have not proved possible but we hope to reschedule. For updates please subscribe to our Newsletter or follow us on social media.

James Hague 'David Morrisey, actor'

‘The Show Goes On’ comes to London

 A season of Portraiture ‘The Show Goes On’ comes to Mall Galleries. 3-29 March Following a very successful launch at Watts Gallery, Guildford, this exhibition has been invited to show at the West End.  It features actors, comedians, musicians, dancers, models, playwrights and burlesque artistes by current members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. The…

Richard Foster 'The Inglis Family'

Top Portrait Painters 2019

We used our  Portrait Commissions Service to identify the most sought-after artists. Four Artists stood out in 2019; Two Member artists and two exhibiting artists top the most sought-after portrait artists during our Annual Exhibition. Richard Foster came out top among the Members. He exhibited four portrait commissions, two of which were family group portraits. …

G F Watts 'Lillie Langtry. The Dean's Daughter'

Lillie Langtry and the Evolution of the Muse

With George Frederic Watts’ portrait of 1870s socialite Lillie Langtry currently exhibiting in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, we take a look at what it means to be a muse then and now. Lillie Langtry was the quintessential muse. A British-American actress, producer and socialite, she captivated 1870s London with her charm, talent…

Photo Must Be Credited ©Edward Lloyd/Alpha Press 080000 08/05/2019 Basia Briggs with ÔRose at HoughtonÕ by Phoebe Dickinson at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition Private View 2019 held at the Mall Galleries in The Mall, London.

Well-Known Figures at the Private View

Celebrities and portraits mingle, see Photographer, Edward Lloyd’s photos in his Diary News The country’s most knowledgeable portrait aficionados descended on the Mall Galleries in London’s The Mall for the Private View of the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, to admire this prestigious show of over 200 recent portraits.  It celebrates the diversity…