Unusual facts and figures

Oldest date portrait?

First portrait acquired?

(acquired in 1856)

Tallest portrait?


King Henry VII, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VII
by Unknown Netherlandish artist
1505
NPG 416

William Shakespeare, associated with John Taylor, circa 1600-1610 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare
associated with John Taylor
circa 1600-1610
NPG 1

Statesmen of World War I, by Sir James Guthrie, 1924-1930 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Statesmen of World War I
by Sir James Guthrie
1924-1930
NPG 2463

Biggest portrait?

(nearly 5.3 metres wide, 52,000 times larger than the smallest)

Smallest portrait?

(barely larger than a thumbnail)

Thinnest portrait?

(nearly 4 times taller than it is wide)

General Officers of World War I, by John Singer Sargent, 1922 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

General Officers of World War I
by John Singer Sargent
1922
NPG 1954

Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans, copy attributed to Jean Petitot, possibly after  Pierre Mignard, 17th century? - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans
copy attributed to Jean Petitot, possibly after Pierre Mignard
17th century?
NPG 1606

Rudyard Kipling, by Harry Furniss, 1880s-1900s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Rudyard Kipling
by Harry Furniss
1880s-1900s
NPG 3478

Squattest  portrait?

(nearly 4 times wider than it is high)

Portrait with most sitters?

(nearly 400 figures, 320 of which have been identified)

Sitter represented most?

(William Gladstone, represented in 65 Primary Collection portraits)

King Edward VI, attributed to Guillim Scrots (Guillim Stretes or William Scrots), 1546 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VI
attributed to Guillim Scrots (Guillim Stretes or William Scrots)
1546
NPG 1299

The House of Commons, 1833, by Sir George Hayter, 1833-1843 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The House of Commons, 1833
by Sir George Hayter
1833-1843
NPG 54

William Ewart Gladstone, by Philip William (

William Ewart Gladstone
by Philip William ('Phil') May
1893
NPG 2819