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

Self Portrait

Massimo Franco
Oil, 20 x 17 cm, £1,100

This is Me

Isabel Garmon
Oil, 46 x 36 cm, SOLD


David Gleeson
Acrylic, 41 x 48 cm, £6,700

Los Faralaes

David Graham RP
Oil, 92 x 84 cm, £7,000


David Graham RP
Oil, 122 x 112 cm, £7,000


David Graham RP
Oil, 41 x 46 cm, £800

A Woman with a Book

Valeriy Gridnev PS ROI RP
Oil, 113 x 94 cm, NFS

Kit Heath (Foster)

Evgeny Grouzdev
Oil, 55 x 45 cm, NFS

Sonny Boy (Foster)

Evgeny Grouzdev
Oil, 55 x 45 cm, NFS

Self Portrait, Oundle School Studio

Nick Grove
Oil, 120 x 95 cm, NFS
James Hague RP Portrait of the Actor David Morrissey


James Hague RP
Oil, 45 x 30 cm, NFS


James Hague RP
Oil, 20 x 25 cm, NFS


James Hague RP
Oil, 114 x 84 cm, NFS

Fay Diakowicz

Paul Harber
Watercolour, 60 x 42 cm, £2,000

Penny - Actor and Writer

Julie Held NEAC
Mixed media, 152.5 x 91.5 cm, £6,000

In My Room

Andrew Hitchcock
Graphite, 86 x 61 cm, £1,500

Condition: Albinism

Veronique Hoog
Oil, 48 x 38 cm, NFS


Benjamin Hope NEAC PS ARSMA
Oil, 60 x 60 cm, £2,000


Benjamin Hope NEAC PS ARSMA
Oil, 78 x 65 cm, £2,000

Mixed Emotions 05

Emma Hopkins RP
Oil, 32 x 24 cm, NFS

Robert and Martha

Emma Hopkins RP
Oil, 107 x 64 cm, NFS

Study of Worry 01

Emma Hopkins RP
Oil, 51 x 37 cm, NFS

Study of Worry 02

Emma Hopkins RP
Oil, 51 x 37 cm, NFS

Messages from Mum

Li Huang
Oil, 79 x 56.5 cm, NFS
Owain Hunt Man in the White T

Man in the White T

Owain Hunt
Oil, 40 x 30 cm, SOLD

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