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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

Today's the day


On this day, 29 April, in 1879

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Bt (1879-1961)

Conductor was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England