10am to 5pm 

Open until 7pm on Tuesday 14 and 21 May

9 May 2019 to 24 May 2019
Main Gallery, North Galleries and Threadneedle Space

Admission £4, Free to Friends of Mall Galleries and under 18s

There is always so much to enjoy in this exhibition, from the faces depicted in the portraits, both famous and unfamiliar, to the wide variety of high-quality paintings. It is a celebration of the very best in contemporary portraiture nationally and internationally.

Unlike other portrait exhibitions, it is rigorously selected by professional portrait painters who themselves have been elected by their peers to the Society.  It is one of the world’s most extensive contemporary portrait exhibitions forming a showcase of some 200 works.  

The exhibition catalogue is available to buy online now

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Exhibiting artists

Selected Works


David Cobley RP NEAC
Oil, 96 x 122 cm, NFS

Studio - Eyes

Vania Comoretti
Watercolour, Indian ink & pastel, 63 x 80 cm, £1,900
Anthony Connolly Doctor Victoria Bateman

Nude with Book: A Portrait of Dr Victoria Bateman

Anthony Connolly RP
Oil, 140 x 140 cm, NFS

The Actor

Michael Croker
Oil, 160 x 90 cm, NFS

Alex Russell, Editor

Eleanor Crow
Oil, 65 x 55 cm, £1,500


Annabel Cullen
Oil, 46 x 35 cm, £2,400


Lantian D
Oil, 127 x 97 cm, £20,000


Saied Dai RP NEAC
Oil, 74 x 64 cm, NFS


Parmen Daushvili
Oil, 45 x 35 cm, SOLD


Simon Davis VPRP
Oil, 100 x 80 cm, £5,000

Manko and Myrtle

Simon Davis VPRP
Oil, 65 x 45 cm, £3,000


Helen Davison
Oil, 45 x 35 cm, £950
Katherine Dereli Colin


Katherine Dereli
Oil, 50 x 70 cm, NFS


Davide Di Taranto
Oil & gold leaf, 24 x 19 cm, £3,000


Davide Di Taranto
Oil & gold leaf, 24 x 19 cm, £3,000
Phoebe Dickinson Rose at Houghton

Rose at Houghton

Phoebe Dickinson
Oil, 176 x 150 cm, NFS

Portrait with Chinoiserie Wallpaper

Miriam Escofet
Oil, 69 x 59 cm, NFS

Scrape On, Pile Off

Jonathan Farningham
Oil, 36 x 31 cm, £750


Peter Field
Oil, 49 x 39 cm, £2,500

Tom on the Boat

Peter Field
Oil, 50 x 38 cm, £2,500


Richard Foster PRP
Oil, 150 x 120 cm, NFS

Nigel Back Esq

Richard Foster PRP
Oil, 65 x 55 cm, NFS

Pitt Family

Richard Foster PRP
Watercolour, 45 x 55 cm, NFS

The Inglis Family

Richard Foster PRP
Oil, 80 x 90 cm, NFS

Related events

Artist demonstration
9 May 2019
Frances Bell RP will be demonstrating the ‘sight size’ technique
Artist demonstration
14 May 2019
David Caldwell RP will be demonstrating his portrait painting techniques
15 May 2019
David Cobley RP NEAC in conversation with critic and art historian Peter Davies
Artist demonstration
17 May 2019
Andrew James RP NEAC will be demonstrating his portrait drawing techniques
18 May 2019
A panel discussion about G F Watts’ portrait of Lillie Langtry, on loan to the RP Annual Exhibition
21 May 2019
A conversation between painter Michael Taylor RP and photographer Alistair Morrison about their collaborative project
Artist demonstration
22 May 2019
Jane Bond RP NEAC will be demonstrating her portrait drawing techniques