The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 210,000 works from the 16th Century to the present day.


Cézanne Portraits

Opens 26 October 2017

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Michael Jackson: On the Wall

Opens 28 June 2018

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Todays the day

On this day, 20 September, in 1915
Soldier died in action near Loos in France

Thomas Henry Bourke Vade-Walpole (1879-1915)


Our Photographs Collection of 240,000 portraits – photographs and negatives.

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Our Reference Collection of 80,000 portraits – prints and drawings.

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