Commissioning portraits

Information about the commissioning process, including choosing a subject, working with the artist and creating the resulting portrait.

Photographic Commissions

The history of commissioning photographs for the Gallery's collections.


Please select the playlists to explore more films about portrait commissions.

The Commissioning process

The commissioning programme which is intended to supplement rather than replace other forms of collecting

Road to 2012

Over 30 new photographic portraits of top athletes and key figures involved in the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery.