The Great War in Portraits – National Portrait Gallery

“Self-Portrait” by William Orpen, 1917 © Imperial War Museum

This year sees the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, and museums and galleries across Britain are gearing up to commemorate the great event. The doors of the Imperial War Museum are closed until July 2014, and when it reopens, it will be an entirely new museum, the centerpiece of which, we are promised, will be a groundbreaking reappraisal of the conflict. In the meantime, the National Portrait Gallery has stolen a march with this exhibition of portraits from the war. Has the NPG come up trumps with its preemptive strike? The answer, I’m sorry to say, is a resounding “no.”

Read Nick’s full review here

The Great War in Portraits, National Portrait Gallery. Until 15 June 2014