People & Portraits

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 210,000 works from the 16th Century to the present day.

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Primary Collection

11,000 portraits – paintings, drawings, miniatures and sculptures

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Discover over 240,000 photographs and negatives

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Prints and Drawings

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Family connections?

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Our research programmes and published research on our portraits

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Portraits on display

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Archive and library

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Plan Your Visit

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Get involved

Tell us more about our Silhouettes

Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters

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Tell us more about our Silvy sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s

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How you can help?

Help us to restore our most enchanting works

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