The National Portrait Gallery's collection of portraits of British men and women constitutes an extraordinary survey of both historical and contemporary personalities. A national pantheon of great figures - from Henry VIII to Stephen Hawking - portrayed by great artists from Holbein to Avedon - the Gallery's collection includes likenesses of political, artistic and scientific characters including Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, T.S. Eliot, Winston Churchill, Glenda Jackson, Barbara Hepworth, Salman Rushdie and many others.
This book features a selection of the finest portraits in the Gallery, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. It forms a permanent record of the range and diversity of British life over the last four hundred years, and provides a fascinating view of the faces that created our history and culture