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by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-07-06

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

The Chief Rabbi and the head of the Reform Movement are to have their portraits taken for the National Portrait Gallery.

For Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, it will be the second time he has been invited to be a 'sitter'. In 1993, he was photographed in black and white.

For Rabbi Tony Bayfield, it will be his first sitting and the National Portrait Gallery is keen to capture the differences between the Reform Movement and that of the United Synagogue.

Details of location where both men will be photographed has yet to be decided, with Rabbi Bayfield likely to hold his sitting at West London Synagogue or a private prayer room and Sir Jonathan a venue that reflects his role within the United Synagogue.

No details have yet been announced as to when the images will be displayed or what theme they may be part of, though other religious leaders including the Archbishop of Westminster and Archbishop of Canterbury are also having their images taken at the same time.