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


Bernadett Timko
Etching (edition of 5, 2 available) , 51 x 41 cm, 700 (£600 unframed)

Kenneth Pont Esq

Oil, 73 x 56 cm, NFS

Ms Sara Colas

Oil, 67 x 45 cm, NFS

Portrait of a Naked Woman

Alex Tzavaras
Charcoal, 70 x 70 cm, £950


Tom Van de Wouwer
Pencil, 45 x 40 cm, £2,000


Jason Walker RP
Oil, 40 x 30 cm, £2,000

Mr & Mrs A R S Hodgson

John Walton RP
Oil, 61 x 71 cm, NFS

Self Portrait

Sally Ward
Oil, 42.5 x 46.5 cm, NFS

The Engineer

Joshua Waterhouse
Oil, 85 x 102 cm, NFS
Rosalie Watkins Colour Study I

Colour Study I

Rosalie Watkins
Oil, 40 x 50 cm, £2,900
Rosalie Watkins Untitled Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2019


Rosalie Watkins
Oil, 210 x 140 cm, NFS


Colin Watson
Oil, 50 x 45 cm, £2,600
Leslie Watts Self Portrait

Self Portrait with Tarnished Jug

Leslie Watts
Egg tempera, 66 x 46 cm, NFS


Emma Wesley RP
Pencil, 60 x 84 cm, NFS

Spring at Court Lodge Farm: A Second Portrait of Sarah Ward

Emma Wesley RP
Acrylic, 52 x 67 cm, NFS


Toby Wiggins RP
Pencil & chalk, 85 x 65 cm, NFS

Richard Morgan

Toby Wiggins RP
Pencil & charcoal, 92 x 72 cm, £1,200

Ronnie F

Graeme Wilcox
Oil, 148 x 108 cm, £8,000

Elizabeth in her Green Armchair

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil, 135 x 105 cm, NFS

Self Portrait with an Apple for G

John Wonnacott CBE Hon. RP
Oil, 45 x 45 cm, NFS


Neale Worley NEAC RP
Oil, 41 x 30 cm, £3,400


Robbie Wraith RP
Charcoal, 44 x 46 cm, SOLD

Nic Walsh

Robbie Wraith RP
Oil, 45 x 37 cm, NFS
Yang Fan Immersion No 1

Immersion No 1

Fan Yang
Oil, 76 x 100 cm, £7,060

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