Portraits of celebrities from Sammy Davis Jnr to Tilda Swinton feature in a new exhibition.


The Show Goes On by The Royal Society of Portrait Painters will run at the Mall Galleries in March.

Paintings of actors, comedians, musicians, dancers, models, playwrights and burlesque artistes take centre stage.

The exhibition is part of a wider celebration of portraiture at the Mall Galleries.

And, all the art is by current members of the society.

Artists will also be displaying their portfolios to help anyone wishing to commission a portrait.


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Famous faces portrayed in the exhibition include Sammy Davis Jnr. and Max Wall painted by June Mendoza.

See playwright John Osborne as portrayed by Jane Bond, while Sue Ryder has depicted actress Tilda Swinton.

Actors include Celia Imrie, painted by Andrew Festing, Oliver Ford Davies by John Wonnacott and David Morrissey by John Hague.

Toby Wiggins’s portrait of author Ronald Blythe will also be on show.

Plus there is a drawing of Downton Abbey screenwriter Lord Fellowes by the president of the society, Richard Foster.

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters was founded in 1891 by 24 artists who were dissatisfied with the Royal Academy.

They formed themselves into a new body concerned solely with portrait painting. New members are elected based on the quality of their work.