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.  

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Exhibiting artists

Selected Works

Peter Bolton with his Norton International Clubman Special

Anthony Morris RP NEAC
Oil, 122 x 92 cm, £10,000

Steve Bingham Conductor Rehearsing the Ely Sinfonia in Ely Cathedral

Anthony Morris RP NEAC
Oil, 108 x 117 cm, NFS

Portrait of Selena

Amy Florence Moseley
Oil, 75 x 65 cm, £3,000


Hannah Murray
Oil, 50 x 30 cm, £5,000


Anastasia Pollard RP
Oil, 38 x 33 cm, £2,000


Julia Polonski
Oil, 123 x 92 cm, NFS

Ideation of a Self with Tattoo

Caitlyn Rooke
Oil, 28 x 22 cm, SOLD

Dame Elish Frances Angiolini DBE PC QC FRSA FRSE

Mark Roscoe RP
Oil, 130 x 95 cm, NFS
Mark Roscoe Professor Keith Gull

Professor Keith Gull CBE FRS

Mark Roscoe RP
Oil, 120 x 95 cm, NFS


Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco
Oil, 50 x 40 cm, £1,300

Ivy Catherine Routley

Jamie Routley
Oil, 51 x 41 cm, NFS

Georgie and Jamie with Ziggy

Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 99 x 81 cm, NFS
Susan Ryder RP Rory Stewart MP

Rory Stewart MP

Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 99 x 81 cm, NFS

William and Anne with Daisy

Susan Ryder RP NEAC
Oil, 81 x 99 cm, NFS


Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 100 x 100 cm, £5,500

Family Portrait in Market Road Gardens, Early Autumn

Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 80 x 100 cm, £5,000

The Heathercote Burmese Cat Club with Associate and Staff

Melissa Scott-Miller RP NEAC RBA
Oil, 92 x 92 cm, NFS

Peter in Orange Jumper, Highgate, 2018

Kim Scouller
Oil, 47 x 41 cm, £1,750

Chief Warrant Officer of the Arma Dei Carabinieri

Sarah Amanda Setchfield
Oil, 98 x 78 cm, NFS


Charlotte Sorapure NEAC
Oil, 197 x 105.5 cm, £19,850


Peter Stalder
Oil, 42 x 36 cm, NFS

Nora's Portrait

Edward Sutcliffe
Oil, 170 x 110 cm, £14,000

Portrait of the Photographer with Seated Girl

Michael Taylor RP
Oil, 98 x 78 cm, NFS

Lee and Louis

Andrew Tift
Charcoal, graphite, carbon & ink, 59.5 x 84 cm, £9,000

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