Thinking of commissioning a portrait of yourself, your better half, your little darlings, or (hell! Why not?) your handsome hound? Read on…

This May will see Britain’s most reputable portraitists exhibit alongside one another at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ impressive annual exhibition.

With around 100 artists and past subjects that include royalty, aristocracy and celebrities, enjoy browsing the different works and styles until you spot just what you’re after. The whole ordeal of choosing can, we’re told, be quite tricky. Luckily, having formed in 1891, the Royal Society are absolute pros at what they do and Annabel Elton, head of commissions, will be on hand in the gallery to offer advice.

Join Annabel for fine art and inspiration between 9th-24th May 2013.