Primary Collection

Introduction to the Primary Collection

NPG 6610 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonThe Gallery's collecting policy and the purpose of the Collection, and its display in London and beyond the Gallery.

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Search the collection

NPG 394 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonSearch by sitter or artist surname within over 200,000 portraits.

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Selected archive documents relating to Primary Collection portraits

NPG 6371 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonNotes by artists and letters to and from sitters from the 17th Century to the present day relating to portraits within the Collection.

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NPG 5472 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonCommissioning of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and works in mixed media over the last 25 years.

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NPG 1597 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonFulfilling the long-term preservation of all collection items in order to make them accessible now and in the future.

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