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


Andrew James RP NEAC
Pencil, 69 x 53 cm, £2,500

My Brother, Ben

Oliver Jones
Oil, 75 x 60 cm, NFS
Alan Knight Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Alan Knight
Oil, 30 x 30 cm, £400


Anne Koldsø
Oil, 45 x 43 cm, £700

My Dear Angus

Sandra Kuck
Oil, 71 x 71 cm, £23,500
Peter Kuhfeld The Executive Chef

The Executive Chef

Peter Kuhfeld RP NEAC
Oil, 47 x 47 cm, NFS

Andy as the Jester

Kathryn Kynoch
Oil, 147 x 97 cm, £12,000

The Life Model Resting

Kathryn Kynoch
Oil, 172 x 108 cm, £13,500


Graham Lacey
Oil, 30 x 36 cm, £400


Yvonne Langley
Oil, 34 x 34 cm, NFS
Yvonne Langley Jean


Yvonne Langley
Oil, 40 x 40 cm, £400


Sara Lavelle
Oil, 85 x 50 cm, £700
John Lessore John Wonnacott Drawing Michelangelos Pieta

John Wonnacott drawing Michelangelo's Pieta

John Lessore
Oil, 90 x 150 cm, NFS

Mothers and Daughters

Lorena Levi
Oil, 75 x 51 cm, £1,250


Matthew Manao
Oil, 30 x 30 cm, £450

Zara, Ella and Ben

Luke Martineau
Oil, 100 x 115 cm, NFS

The Gallery Owner

Oil, 46 x 36 cm, NFS
Mick McNicholas, Sketch of Barrie

Oil Sketch of Barrie

Mick McNicholas
Oil, 30 x 26 cm, £300
June Mendoza Artist Portrait of David Morgan-Hewitt

David Morgan-Hewitt

June Mendoza AO OBE RP ROI
Oil, 122 x 145 cm, NFS

Edward and Harry Warburton

June Mendoza AO OBE RP ROI
Oil, 122 x 145 cm, NFS
Yun Meng Preoccupied with Something

Preoccupied with Something

Yun Meng
Oil, 126 x 96 cm, £7,600

Miss Fitton-Hayward

Julian Mitchell
Oil, 35 x 25 cm, NFS

Bird La Bird

Sarah Jane Moon
Oil, 154 x 124 cm, £7,400
Sarah-Jane Moon Royal Society of Portrait Painters Portrait of my Girlfriend

Untitled (Portrait of my Girlfriend)

Sarah Jane Moon
Oil, 154 x 114 cm, £5,600

In Memory of Stg Edgar Roylands Cooper, 23rd Bn Royal Fusiliers

Anthony Morris RP NEAC
Oil, 57 x 47 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