Writers of Influence: From Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling

  • Dizzee Rascal

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    by Emma Hardy, 2006 © Emma Hardy

    Dizzee Rascal
  • William Shakespeare

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    attributed to John Taylor, circa 1610 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    William Shakespeare
  • J.K. Rowling

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    by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2005 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    J.K. Rowling
  • Probably Jane Austen

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    by Unknown Artist, circa 1810-1815 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Probably Jane Austen
  • John Lennon

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    by Harry Goodwin, 1970 © Harry Goodwin

    John Lennon
  • Johnny Rotten

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    by Steve Pyke, 1982 © Steve Pyke

    Johnny Rotten
  • George Eliot

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    by François D'Albert Durade, 1849 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    George Eliot
  • Sir Salman Rushdie

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    by Bhupen Khakar, 1995 © Bhupen Khakhar

    Sir Salman Rushdie
  • John Milton

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    by Unknown Artist, circa 1629 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    John Milton
  • James Joyce

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    by Renée Mendel, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    James Joyce
  • Jarvis Branson Cocker

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    by Barry Marsden, 1995 © Barry Marsden

    Jarvis Branson Cocker
  • George Orwell

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    by Felix H. Man (Hans Baumann), 1947 © estate of Felix H. Man / National Portrait Gallery, London

    George Orwell
  • William Gerald Golding

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    by Mark Gerson, 1970 © Mark Gerson / National Portrait Gallery, London

    William Gerald Golding
  • Kate Bush

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    by Patrick Lichfield, 1980 © Lichfield

    Kate Bush
  • John Donne

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    by William Marshall, 1649 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    John Donne
  • Robert Louis Stevenson

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    by Joseph Simpson, 1902 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Seamus Heaney

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    by Tai-Shan Schierenberg, 2004 © Tai-Shan Schierenberg / National Portrait Gallery, London

    Seamus Heaney
  • Ian Curtis

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    by Kevin Cummins, 1979 © Kevin Cummins

    Ian Curtis
  • Morrissey

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    by Eric Watson, 1985 © Eric Watson / National Portrait Gallery, London

    Morrissey
  • Robert Ranke Graves

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    by Peter Stark, 1970s © Peter Stark / National Portrait Gallery, London

    Robert Ranke Graves
  • Dame Catherine Ann Cookson

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    by Chris Hay, 1987 © Chris Hay

    Dame Catherine Ann Cookson
  • Monica Ali

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    by Edward Barber, 2002 © Edward Barber

    Monica Ali
  • Thomas Hardy

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    by William Strang, 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Thomas Hardy
  • Simon Armitage

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    by Roderick Field, 1998 © Roderick Field

    Simon Armitage
  • Dame Agatha Christie

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    by John Gay, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Dame Agatha Christie
  • John Le Carré

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    by Barry Ryan, 1994 © Barry Ryan / National Portrait Gallery, London

    John Le Carré
  • Herbert George Wells

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    by Feliks Topolski, 1943 © estate of Feliks Topolski

    Herbert George Wells
  • Douglas Noel Adams

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    by Brian Griffin, 1986 © Brian Griffin

    Douglas Noel Adams
  • Sir Terry Pratchett

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    by Harry Borden, 2001 © Harry Borden

    Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Roald Dahl

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    by Jan Baldwin, 1989 © Jan Baldwin

    Roald Dahl
  • Kenneth Grahame

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    by Anthony Wysard, circa 1930 © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

    Kenneth Grahame
  • Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne

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    by Madame Yevonde, 1920s © Yevonde Portrait Archive

    Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne
  • Lewis Carroll

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    by Unknown Photographer, circa 1856-1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Lewis Carroll
  • Angela Carter

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    by Sally Soames, 1981 © News International Newspapers Ltd

    Angela Carter
  • Philip Pullman

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    by Eamonn McCabe, 2001 © Eamonn McCabe

    Philip Pullman
  • Rudyard Kipling

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    by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 2nd Bt, 1899 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Rudyard Kipling
  • Charles Dickens

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    by Ary Scheffer, 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Charles Dickens
  • David Bowie

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    by Terry O'Neill, 1974 © Terry O'Neill

    David Bowie
  • Enid Mary Blyton; Gillian Mary Baverstock (nee Pollock); Imogen Pollock

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    by John Gay, 1949 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Enid Mary Blyton; Gillian Mary Baverstock (nee Pollock); Imogen Pollock
  • Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

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    by Sir Bernard Partridge, 1926-9, Reproduced with permission of Punch Ltd

    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle
  • Oscar Wilde

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    by Elliott & Fry, 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Oscar Wilde
  • George Gordon Byron

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    by William Finden, 1814 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    George Gordon Byron
  • Amy Winehouse

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    by Mischa Richter, 2006 © Mischa Richter

    Amy Winehouse
  • Aphra Behn

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    by James Fittler; Thomas Unwins, Aphra Behn 1822 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Aphra Behn
  • Ian Lancaster Fleming

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    by Lewis Morley, 1963 © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

    Ian Lancaster Fleming
  • Geoffrey Chaucer

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    by Unknown Artist, after 1400 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Virginia Woolf

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    by Vanessa Bell, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Virginia Woolf
  • John Keats

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    by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1816 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    John Keats
  • Edward James ('Ted') Hughes

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    by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1971 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

    Edward James ('Ted') Hughes
  • Benjamin Zephaniah

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    by Donald MacLellan, 1996 © Donald MacLellan

    Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot

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    by Patrick Heron, 1949 © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2010

    Thomas Stearns (T.S.) Eliot
  • William Blake

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    by James S. Deville, 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    William Blake
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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    by William Say, 1840 © National Portrait Gallery, London

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Zadie Smith

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    by Ben Murphy, 2000 © Ben Murphy

    Zadie Smith

 

Don’t give it half-hearted, give it all.

Dizzee Rascal, Musician

What links Dizzy Rascal to Shakespeare? Jane Austen to J.K Rowling? This exhibition, curated by young people aged 14 – 19 years old, offers a fresh perspective to a group of diverse and much-loved figures from the collection at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Shakespeare portrait is at the heart of the exhibition, reflecting his enduring influence on writing and culture and the significance of it being the first time it has gone on tour in the UK. The other portraits in the exhibition are arranged thematically, with each theme taking its title from a quotation from Shakespeare. This thematic approach allows interesting and unusual connections to be made between very different writers and lyricists across boundaries of time, space, race, class and gender.

Marketing

Writers of Influence exhibition poster How do you create a successful marketing campaign? Take a look at the marketing of Writers of Influence. Who is the target audience? Get hints and tips from marketing professionals and create your own campaign.

Design

Plan of exhibition layout What makes an exhibition space work? Find out how Writers of Influence was displayed in different gallery spaces. What is the role of the exhibition designer? What choices do you need to make when creating your own exhibition?

Selection & Display

Gallery handlers install a pictureLook at the images chosen for Writers of Influence. Each was chosen for a reason. How do you choose what to show and what to leave out? What story do you want to tell? How do the choices you make affect the audience interpretation?

Events

People looking at portaits in an art gallery An exhibition on writers and lyricists provides endless possibilities for events in the exhibition space. What events would you organise to attract young people aged 14-19 years to see the show?