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National Portrait Gallery Launches LAST SUPPER Display of Portrait Prints On Sale to Visitors

For the first time the National Portrait Gallery 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 launch the new Print Sales Gallery today, Monday 16 September. They will be able to view themselves recreating the Last Supper in one of the largest portraits in the new display, a group photograph of leading figures from the British stage, 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). A special 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.

Morrison says: 'My first two choices were Robert Powell who had to be Jesus, recreating the famous role played in Franco Zeffirelli'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'.

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, says: '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 Bookshop staff for expert advice,

email printsalesgallery@npg.org.uk or call 020 7306 0055 x4311 or visit www.npg.org.uk/shop

10% of proceeds from print sales go to the Gallery's Portrait Fund. www.npg.org.uk/challenge

Donations to the £1 Million Portrait Fund Challenge will be doubled thanks to our Heritage Lottery Fund / Department for Culture, Media and Sport Catalyst: Endowments award.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place WC2H 0HE, opening hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm) Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am - 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm) Nearest Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross General information: 0207 306 0055Recorded information: 020 7312 2463 Website/Tickets: www.npg.org.uk

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