February is LGBT History Month: a chance to reflect on some of the great lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists and art inspired by the LGBT community

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  • Simeon Solomon, 'Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene' 1864

    Simeon Solomon
    Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 330 x 381 mm
    Purchased 1980

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  • David Hockney, 'Man in Shower in Beverly Hills' 1964

    David Hockney
    Man in Shower in Beverly Hills 1964
    Acrylic on canvas
    support: 1673 x 1670 mm
    Purchased 1980 David Hockney 2010

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  • Francis Bacon, 'Triptych - August 1972' 1972

    Francis Bacon
    Triptych - August 1972 1972
    Oil on canvas
    support, each: 1981 x 1473 mm frame (each): 2175 x 1668 x 102 mm
    Purchased 1980 Estate of Francis Bacon

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  • Frank Dobson, 'Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt' 1923

    Frank Dobson
    Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt 1923
    Bronze
    object: 318 x 178 x 229 mm, 9.8 kg
    Presented by the executors of T.E. Lawrence 1950 The estate of Frank Dobson

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  • Edward Burra, 'Soldiers at Rye' 1941

    Edward Burra
    Soldiers at Rye 1941
    Gouache, watercolour and ink wash on paper
    support: 1022 x 2070 mm frame: 1248 x 2280 x 90
    Presented by Studio 1942 Tate

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  • David Robilliard, 'That Beat It Quickly Smile' 1987

    David Robilliard
    That Beat It Quickly Smile 1987
    Acrylic on Canvas
    support: 1218 x 1218 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by Evelyn, Lady Downshire's Trust Fund 2011 Estate of David Robilliard

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  • Howard Hodgkin, 'Nick' 1977

    Howard Hodgkin
    Nick 1977
    Etching and hand colouring on paper
    image: 445 x 556 mm
    Purchased 1984 Howard Hodgkin

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  • John Singer Sargent, 'Vernon Lee' 1881

    John Singer Sargent
    Vernon Lee 1881
    Oil on canvas
    support: 537 x 432 mm frame: 750 x 640 x 88 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Vernon Lee through Miss Cooper Willis 1935

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  • Dame Ethel Walker, 'Decoration: The Excursion of Nausicaa' 1920

    Dame Ethel Walker
    Decoration: The Excursion of Nausicaa 1920
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1835 x 3670 mm
    Purchased 1924 Tate

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  • Gilbert & George, 'Existers' 1984

    Gilbert & George
    Existers 1984
    object: 2410 x 3510 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 Gilbert & George

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  • Clare Atwood, 'John Gielgud's Room' 1933

    Clare Atwood
    John Gielgud's Room 1933
    Oil on canvas
    support: 629 x 762 mm
    Presented by Mrs E.L. Shute 1937 The estate of Clare Atwood

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  • Derek Jarman, 'Ataxia - Aids is Fun' 1993

    Derek Jarman
    Ataxia - Aids is Fun 1993
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2515 x 1790 x 36 mm
    Presented by the Weltkunst Foundation in memory of Adrian Ward-Jackson 1993 The estate of Derek Jarman

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  • John Minton, 'Portrait of Kevin Maybury' 1956

    John Minton
    Portrait of Kevin Maybury 1956
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1294 x 988 mm frame: 1455 x 1152 x 88 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Helena and Kenneth Levy Bequest 1990 The estate of John Minton

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  • Cerith Wyn Evans, 'Inverse Reverse Perverse' 1996

    Cerith Wyn Evans
    Inverse Reverse Perverse 1996
    Acrylic
    object: 1710 x 1710 x 315 mm
    Purchased 2002 Cerith Wyn Evans, courtesy Jay Jopling/White Cube, London

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In our selection you’ll find a mixture of friends, lovers, fantasies and formal portraits from the last 150 years, revealing the radical changes in LGBT experience over time. Not all the artists were gay or bisexual, but all of these artworks have something to tell us about queer lives and desires.

Find more works like these in Tate’s Collection.

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