Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

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Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits, coming to the National Maritime Museum February 2021, will include over 150 of the finest portraits from across five royal dynasties.

Discover how royal portraiture has developed over the last five centuries, from Henry VII to Elizabeth II.

Tudors to Windsors: look inside

Discover key works featuring in the upcoming exhibition. Find out more

Tudors to Windsors will feature works by some of the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol.

This major exhibition brings together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Museums Greenwich and private collections in a truly landmark collaboration.


(Main image © National Portrait Gallery, London)

A royal day out in Greenwich

Greenwich is steeped in royal history. It was the birthplace of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, is the home of the Royal Observatory founded by Charles II, and at its heart sits the stunning Queen’s House commissioned by Anne of Denmark, consort to James I of England.

Visit Royal Museums Greenwich and discover how royal portraits have been used by successive monarchs to shape the image of monarchy we have today.

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Opening times: 
26 Feb - 31 Oct 2021
Daily 10.30am-4pm (10am-5pm weekends)
National Maritime Museum, Special exhibitions gallery