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Favourite portraits

Here we have Sir Walter Raleigh. Painted in 1588, this is a man in his prime. He was a poet, an explorer, a pioneer, a prisoner, but maybe you know him as the unrequited lover of Queen Elizabeth I.

Kate on Sir Walter Raleigh
Video: 4 minutes 44

This is a portrait of Mary Neville and her son Gregory Fiennes, and it was painted in 1559 by Hans Eworth. So what really drew my curiosity and attention to this portrait is that it's the oldest portrait in the exhibition.

Lucie on Mary Neville and Gregory Fiennes
Video: 4 minutes 36

This is a sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee by the artist Sean Henry commissioned in 2015. So how do you choose your favourite portrait outta an exhibition of 80 amazing portraits?

Robert on Tim Berners-Lee
Video: 4 minutes 37

We're looking at Man's Head (Self-portrait III) from 1963 by Lucian Freud.

Annette on Lucian Freud
Video: 4 minutes 14 seconds
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