The National Portrait Gallery's award-winning publishing programme supports the Gallery's mission to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of men and women who have made – and are making – British history and culture. To that end we publish a wide range of books and paper products that draw on the riches of the Gallery's Collection.
Our Companions series, for example, profiles celebrated cultural figures such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Pepys, William Shakespeare and their circles , as well as important artistic and literary movements, including the Pre-Raphaelites, the Romantic poets and the Bloomsbury Group. A Portrait of Britain presents more than 200 highlights from the Collection, while books such as Moustaches, Whiskers & Beards and Pets in Portraits make the perfect gift. We also publish beautiful, highly illustrated catalogues to accompany the Gallery's temporary exhibitions.
Available to buy online and in bookshops across the UK and around the world, National Portrait Gallery publications bring the images in this unique national collection to the widest possible audience and provide a permanent record of our exhibitions.
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