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Royal Family, H.R.H. Duke of York, Lady Elizabeth Bowes, Lyon, 1923

Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio & Street

A landmark exhibition of 150 works by E.O. Hoppé opened at the National Portrait Gallery of London, drawing praise from the Guardian and the Independent, among others. The exhibition includes Hoppé’s strikingly modernist portraits of society figures and important personalities from the worlds of literature, politics and the arts, including George Bernard Shaw, Margot Fonteyn, Albert Einstein, Vita Sackville-West and members of the royal family.

These studio portraits are being shown alongside Hoppé’s fascinating photojournalist studies of everyday British people ranging from street musicians and circus performers to bus drivers and postmen, which capture the intimacies of day-to-day life between the wars.