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No Portraits matching these criteria:

- set matching '64'
- 'Image on website'


You may want to modify your search criteria using the tips below.

The online database contains information on 200,072 works, 114,683 of which are illustrated; the National Portrait Gallery's collection includes over 330,000 works. We are expanding this database regularly - last updated September 2014.

General Tips

Searches are not case sensitive.
The title of a portrait often contains the name of a sitter.
If you are having problems finding the portraits you require try entering just one whole or partial word from the name or title, e.g. try using 'churchill' instead of 'winston churchill'. This can be especially useful when searching for royals.
If you are searching for royalty using ordinal numbers, e.g. Elizabeth I, remember that roman numerals are being used so you should enter a capital 'i' rather than the number '1'.

Simple Search

To perform a simple search first enter:

  • a whole or partial name, e.g. church, churchill, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill or winst church
  • a whole or partial portrait title, e.g. flow, flower, Flower Girl or flow gir
  • the NPG number of a specific portrait (with or without the NPG prefix) e.g. NPG P7(26) or P7(26).
Finally click the arrow to launch your search.

Advanced Search

The Advanced search enables you to place further restrictions on a search.
To perform an advanced search first decide whether you wish to search for a person or a portrait
If you wish to search for a person you can restrict the search by:

  • entering a whole or partial name into the Name of Person field, e.g. church, churchill, Sir Winston Spencer Churchill or winst church
  • selecting sitters only, artists only or both sitters and artists
  • entering a occupations or roles into the 'Description of Person' field, e.g. mistress, duke.
    NB this field sometimes contains pen names and aliases, if you are having difficulty finding a particular person you might try entering their name here.
  • selecting a category of profession from those listed in the 'Professional category' field, e.g. Royalty and Society.
The list of people or portraits returned by an advanced search will match all of the search criteria that you have selected.