Sep 162013

Actors Last Supper

For the first time the opens a dis­play space of prints made from por­traits from its col­lec­tions — which vis­it­ors can buy!

Sir Michael Gam­bon, Robert Pow­ell, Ant­ony Andrews, Steven Berkoff and Tim Piggott-Smith launched the new Print Sales Gal­lery today. They were part of a group of lead­ing fig­ures from the Brit­ish stage who recre­ated the Last Sup­per in one of the largest por­traits, which was recently acquired by the National Por­trait Gallery.

Act­ors’ Last Sup­per can be bought as part of a lim­ited edi­tion of ten prints for £11,125 unframed (£12,375 framed). If you don’t feel like plash­ing out a land­scape post­card of the por­trait can be pur­chased for £2.99 and a moun­ted post­card for £9.99.

Con­ceived by pho­to­grapher Alistair Mor­rison who holds over 80 pho­to­graphs of iconic Brit­ish pub­lic fig­ures in the National Por­trait Gal­lery Col­lec­tion, Act­ors’ Last Sup­per fea­tures a select group of act­ors and dir­ect­ors. Under Morrison’s dir­ec­tion every­body was asked to react to Jesus’ pro­clam­a­tion that one of the dis­ciples would betray him, with Leonardo da Vinci’s paint­ing as the inspiration.

My first two choices were Robert Pow­ell who had to be Jesus, recre­at­ing the fam­ous role played in ’s Jesus of Naz­areth and Julie Wal­ters, who was asked to play Mary Mag­dalene (there has been spec­u­la­tion about whether it was Mary Mag­dalene or John the Apostle who was seated next to Jesus) and they both read­ily agreed. Their enthu­si­asm and influ­ence helped to bring together this out­stand­ing group of actors.

said Mor­rison.

Other por­traits on view and for sale include Kate Moss by Corinne Day at £25,000, a selec­tion of pho­to­graphs of Bob Dylan by Barry Fein­stein and of 1960s musi­cians such as The Rolling Stones and David Bowie by David Wedgbury.

The new Print Sales Gal­lery not only dis­plays high qual­ity prints, ran­ging from his­toric paint­ings to con­tem­por­ary pho­to­graphy, in both open and lim­ited edi­tions but also for the first time make avail­able prints made from ori­ginal neg­at­ives held in the Gallery’s Archive. Vis­it­ors can buy the prints they can see either unframed or the Gal­lery offers a bespoke fram­ing ser­vice using museum-standard materials.

Perry Bushell, Head of Retail, National Por­trait Gal­lery, Lon­don, said,

We are abso­lutely thrilled with our new Print Sales Gal­lery that allows us to offer our vis­it­ors the chance to take home some­thing really spe­cial. We have prints from our extens­ive archives right up to the latest works by con­tem­por­ary artists. Many gal­ler­ies offer prints but we are one of the few lucky enough to have some­where to dis­play them, and our vis­it­ors already seem to love it.


The Print Sales Gal­lery
Floor –3 National Por­trait Gal­lery, London

Left to right: John Alder­ton, Sir , Steven Berkoff, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sir Ant­ony Sher, Julie Wal­ters, Robert Pow­ell, Colin Firth, Tom Conti, Sir Michael Gam­bon, , Peter Eyre and Anthony Andrews.
by Alistair Mor­rison with Andy Teare and Dean Mitchell
Digital C-type print, 2011 Edi­tion 5/10 £11,125 unframed, £12,375 framed

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