National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian

About the Museum


National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Photo: Paul Morigi, 2015

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Photo: Matailong Du

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Photo: Paul Morigi, 2015

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Photo: Paul Morigi, 2015

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC houses a wealth of paintings, photographs and sculptures depicting figures that helped shape America’s history. From presidents to poets, the museum holds some of the most iconic portraits ever made, including George Washington’s famous Lansdowne Portrait and an early silver print headshot of Abraham Lincoln. More recent additions include likenesses of Jay Z, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Jimi Hendrix. The museum is housed in the historic Old Patent Office Building alongside the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Collection Highlights


by Unidentified Artist, copy after Simon van de Passe

Unknown

Pocahontas
by Gilbert Stuart

Gilbert Stuart

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)
by Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes

Juliette Gordon Low
by Alexander Gardner

Alexander Gardner

Abraham Lincoln
by Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning

John F Kennedy
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian: Collection Highlights
by Unidentified Artist, copy after Simon van de Passe
National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian, photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG

Unknown

Pocahontas, after 1616
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust
by Gilbert Stuart
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA, photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG

Gilbert Stuart

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait) , 1796
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
by Edward Hughes
National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian, photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG

Edward Hughes

Juliette Gordon Low , 1887
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America
by Alexander Gardner
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA, copy photo by Mark Gulezian/NPG

Alexander Gardner

Abraham Lincoln, 1865
albumen silver print
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
by Elaine de Kooning
© 1963 Elaine de Kooning Trust, photo by Mark Gulezian/National Portrait Gallery

Elaine de Kooning

John F Kennedy, 1963
oil on canvas
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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