Unusual facts and figures
Earliest portrait in the collection?
King Henry VII
by Unknown Netherlandish artist
First portrait acquired?
(acquired in 1856)
associated with John Taylor
Statesmen of World War I
by Sir James Guthrie
(nearly 5.3 metres wide, 52,000 times larger than the smallest)
General Officers of World War I
by John Singer Sargent
(barely larger than a thumbnail)
Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans
copy attributed to Jean Petitot, possibly after Pierre Mignard
(nearly 4 times taller than it is wide)
by Harry Furniss
(nearly 4 times wider than it is high)
King Edward VI
attributed to William Scrots
Portrait with most sitters?
(nearly 400 figures, 320 of which have been identified)
The House of Commons, 1833
by Sir George Hayter
Sitter represented most?
(William Gladstone, represented in 65 Primary Collection portraits)
William Ewart Gladstone
by Philip William ('Phil') May