National Portrait Gallery - Clarendon



Site: National Portrait Gallery (18 memorials)

WC2, Charing Cross Road

This building, 1896, designed by Ewan Christian, has 18 busts contained in medallions around the top of the facades. Starting at the east end of Orange Street and reading clockwise:
Facing north up Charing Cross Road: Chantrey, Lawrence, Reynolds, Hogarth, Roubilliac, Kneller, Lely, Van Dyke, Holbein.
Around the corner, facing east: Walpole, Clarendon, Fuller.
Facing north beside the entrance: Lodge, Faithorne, Granger.
Facing east, above the entrance are represented the three men chiefly responsible for the Gallery's existence: MacAulay, Stanhope, Carlyle.

2019: The Guardian reported on plans to move the entrance to this museum from the east side of the building round to the north side, where the Irving statue is.

2023: Londonist reported that the north entrance is now open and boasts three sets of doors etched with artworks by Tracy Emin. These show faces of 45 women, not specific or identifiable figures but, as the artist is quoted: "it's up to the viewer to discern what they feel and what they see or who they see..." Londonist sees 'The Doors' as "a direct challenge to/balancing act with the slew of Portland stone busts carved into the building’s original façade, featuring 18 men .."

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
National Portrait Gallery - Clarendon

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Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon

Born Wiltshire. His daughter, Anne married the Duke of York, who eventually b...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
National Portrait Gallery - Clarendon

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Nearby Memorials

Royal George bust

Royal George bust

W1, Goslett Yard, Royal George pub

So far (2011) the demolition and building works associated with Cross Rail have left this pub alone.

1 subject commemorated
Edgar Allan Poe - N16  - Bust

Edgar Allan Poe - N16 - Bust

N16, Stoke Newington Church Street, 172

Here is a  video of the unveiling.

1 subject commemorated, 4 creators
Old Westminster Library - head 1 - Spenser

Old Westminster Library - head 1 - Spenser

SW1, Great Smith Street

We first thought Francis Bacon but he normally has more hair, and, so far, all the heads are literary rather than scientific.

1 subject commemorated
Greenwich roundels - Duncan

Greenwich roundels - Duncan

SE10, King William Walk, Discover Greenwich (Royal Naval College, Pepys Building)

The roundels on the north, river-facing, frontage are occupied by, left to right: Anson, Drake, Cook, Howard, Blake, Benbow, Sandwich, Ro...

1 subject commemorated
Mosaics - William and Mary

Mosaics - William and Mary

EC4, New Change, One New Change - roof terrace

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2 subjects commemorated, 1 creator