Exterior View, National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

About the Museum


Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

Exterior View, National Portrait Gallery
© National Portrait Gallery, London

Exterior View, National Portrait Gallery

Interior View, National Portrait Gallery
© National Portrait Gallery, London; photo by Victoria Miller, Digital Programmes, National Portrait Gallery London/National Portrait Gallery London

Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Interior View, National Portrait Gallery
© National Portrait Gallery, London; photo by Victoria Miller, Digital Programmes, National Portrait Gallery London/National Portrait Gallery London

Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

Interior View, National Portrait Gallery

Founded in 1856, this institution is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world, featuring works dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. With more than 1,000 portraits on display, visitors can come face-to-face with legends who have shaped British history and culture, from Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens, to The Beatles and David Beckham. Artists range from Hans Holbein to David Hockney, and the collection includes works across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video.

Collection Highlights


Sir Joshua Reynolds

Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds
William Wilberforce

Thomas Lawrence

William Wilberforce
Dame Judi Dench

Alessandro Raho

Dame Judi Dench
Virginia Woolf

George Charles Beresford

Virginia Woolf
Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
National Portrait Gallery: Collection Highlights
Sir Joshua Reynolds
National Portrait Gallery London

Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds, c.1747-1749
© National Portrait Gallery, London
William Wilberforce
National Portrait Gallery London

Thomas Lawrence

William Wilberforce, 1828
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Dame Judi Dench
National Portrait Gallery London

Alessandro Raho

Dame Judi Dench, 2004
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Virginia Woolf
National Portrait Gallery London

George Charles Beresford

Virginia Woolf, 1902
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')
National Portrait Gallery London

Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait'), c.1592
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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BP Portrait Award 2017

22 Jun 2017 - 24 Sep 2018
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The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

13 Jul 2017 - 22 Oct 2018
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Cézanne Portraits

26 Oct 2017 - 11 Feb 2019
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