Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is held in the Heinz Archive and Library and contains more than 80,000 portraits of important and lesser known figures in British history.  The majority of these portraits are prints, but the collection also includes drawings, silhouettes, caricatures, paintings, miniatures, medallions and related items. 

Introduction to the Reference Collection

NPG D256 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonAn overview including the collection's history and purpose, the Print Collection, extra-illustrated volumes and portraits in other media.

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Handlist of names in the Reference Collection

Handlist of names for the Reference Collection An alphabetically sorted handlist of Collections of portraits, grouped together by name of sitter, maker or theme.


Heinz Archive and Library

Heinz Archieve and LibraryOpen by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or in the history of the Gallery.

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Gallery Records

Gallery recordsThe archive of Gallery Records containing material relating to the Gallery’s activities since its foundation in 1856.

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Collected Archives

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

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British portraits records

NPG D4427 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonVisual resources and an index of portraits.

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