100 Pioneering Women

I was in the National Portrait Gallery the other day to pick up the 100 Pioneering Women book which as the title suggests is a selection from their collection.

What is interesting was the work chosen to illustrate the entry for Germaine Greer. They could have gone with the photograph by Polly Borland but instead went with the pastel by Paula Rego.

To be fair there maybe copyright reasons why one was chosen over the other. But it does raise the question if the work by Rego communicates a more serious image, worthy of inclusion in this publication, over the nude photo by Borland.