Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual exhibition starts today

8th May 2014 - 16:49

Head to The Mall Galleries in London for this intriguing overview of contemporary portraiture

If you were inspired by the display of portraits in our May issue's style feature, you won't want to miss the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual exhibition.

Starting today, the exhibition brings together 200 portraits by over 100 artists: proof that even in these snap-happy times, the portrait is still a much-loved medium for depicting those who mean the most to us.

Many of the standout portraits in the show are commissions by members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, which was founded as an offshoot of the Royal Academy in 1891. Early members included the likes of Millais and Whistler.

Highlights of this year’s exhibition includes group portraits, such as the Edwards family by Susan Ryder (who has painted both the Queen and Princess Diana in her wedding dress in 1981), and this characterful depiction of veteran actor Trader Faulkner (above) by June Mendoza – an artist who admits she is forever ‘picking up’ people she is intrigued to paint.

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters' annual exhibition runs until 23rd May, 10am-5pm (7pm on Thursdays) at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1A 2BJ. Entry £3. A selection of the exhibition is available to browse and buy online at

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