Primary Collection


The Gallery's collecting policy and the purpose of the Collection, and its display in London and beyond the Gallery.

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Commissioning of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and works in mixed media over the last 25 years.


Fulfilling the long-term preservation of all collection items in order to make them accessible now and in the future.

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Archive material that has been acquired by the Gallery from external sources because of its relevance to the study of British portraiture.

Selected archive documents relating to Primary Collection portraits