“I’m against the idea that rock stars have to live a life that’s completely understandable or predictable to their audience….Maybe I’ll just be the mysterious figure that’ll never be able to truly be defined. Maybe that’s what my thing is.” - Debbie Harry (via)

This photo of Blondie lead singer, Debbie Harry by Robert Mapplethorpe is one of 100 that make up the “American Cool” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery


We are thrilled to announce our involvement in a history-making event. Yesterday at the whitehouse Maker Faire, we unveiled two 3-D printed portraits of President Obama. This is the first time a U.S. President has been scanned in 3-D and the prints and the data from the scan will become part of the collection the National Portrait Gallery. We had the honor of scanning him with our structured light scanners and with some of the most advanced 3-D technology including University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies’ Light-stage that was used to capture his face at high resolution. Our partners at Autodesk combined the two sets of scanned data into one model and 3D Systems created the 3D print using SLS nylon. We hope to share more details about the process soon, but for now you can read the press release 

Cupcake Katy by Will Cotton; © 2010 Will Cotton; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, promised gift of the James Dicke Family.

“Will Cotton’s tongue-in-cheek portrait of Katy as a ‘cupcake’ brings to mind a traditional European portrait of a bewitching 18th-century belle—Madame de Pompadour perhaps?—butter melts in neither of their mouths. Sweet but no mere piece of ‘candy,’ the woman is accessorized but not labeled: she’s the one in control.” (via)

“Cupcake Katy,” a new addition to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, portrays internationally successful pop singer Katy Perry. It will be on view June 18.


These beautiful advertisements for ‘Portraits Of An Icon’ at National Portrait Gallery have been spotted in tube stations around London.

The top photo was taken by me at Piccadilly Circus. The bottom shot was taken by Terence Pepper at Charing Cross.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon is showing at National Portrait Gallery until 18th October. Don’t miss it!

At the 1924 Olympics, Gertrude Ederle won one gold and two bronze medals in swimming. But her greatest athletic accomplishment began at 7:08 a.m. on August 6, 1926.

Covered in an array of protective oils, she plunged into the frigid waters of the English Channel, near Calais, and began swimming toward England’s Dover coast, twenty-one miles away. As she progressed, the weather became so bad that her trainers urged her to come out of the water, but she refused to stop. Finally, fourteen hours and thirty-one minutes after starting out, she became the sixth person and first woman to swim the channel, with a crossing time that bested all her predecessors by well over an hour.

Ederle proved wrong all those who doubted that a woman could manage the feat, and helped establish the place of women in competitive sports.

Photo: 1925 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution


Two rare, never before seen photographs of Audrey Hepburn by photographer Antony Beauchamp in 1949.  

Do you know who is with Audrey Hepburn?: Searching for rare early photographs by Terence Pepper

One of the biggest challenges associated with planning an exhibition devoted to photographs of Audrey Hepburn was that so many of the images of her were already published.  The exhibition would only be of interest to the National Portrait Gallery if it included a sufficient number of previously unknown and unexhibited images, a challenge I was glad to take on.  Some of the first images I came across during my research were a series of advertisements discovered published in The Sketch by Antony Beauchamp in which Audrey was uncredited but to my eyes recognisably her. Three from the 1949 sitting appear in the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition (including an important Hepburn estate loan) but two new ones, belonging to a member of the public, have subsequently come to light and are shown here for the first time. (cont. reading)

Portraith with a Serpent.

“The X-ray shows a female head in a higher position, facing in the opposite direction to the portrait of Elizabeth. The eyes and nose of the face underneath can now be seen where paint has been lost from Elizabeth’s forehead…The identity of the original sitter remains a mystery but the unfinished portrait appears to have been very competently painted, probably by a different artist. The horiginal sitter appears to have been wearing a French hood of a type that was fashionable in the 1570s and 1580s, suggesting that there may have been a period of a few years before the panel was re-used.”

Could this unknown woman be the Queen’s Mother, Anne Boleyn? "The oval face with dark dramatic eyes, high cheekbones and full lips bears resemblance to contemporary accounts on Anne Boleyn’s appearance. This portrait looks very similar to NPG and Hever portraits of Anne Boleyn.”

Could this be Anne Boleyn? Retweet and comment what you think!

-credit to anne-boleyn.com



2nd july - 14th august 2015 gallery open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm.

Timed to coincide with the National Portrait Gallery Exhibition “Portrait of an Icon”  curated by Terence Pepper, and Helen Trompeteler, Lucy Bell Gallery is delighted to present these previously unseen images of Audrey Hepburn, from the archives of George Douglas and Angela Williams. (READ MORE)