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The most extensive collection of portraits in the world offering a unique insight into the men and women who have and are shaping British history and culture from the Tudors to the present day. We celebrate and encourage portraiture in all forms with a diverse programme at our Gallery in London and across the UK.

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Current Displays

Life, Death and Memory
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde and Bosie
First World War Poets
At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940
Speak its Name!
Antony Gormley – OBJECT
David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men

Events Today

Portrait of the Day: King Charles I & Henrietta Maria
Weekend Workshop: The Abstract Portrait

Today's the day


On this day, 23 April, in 1915

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Poet died of septicaemia on his way to the Gallipoli landing