Research is fundamental to the Gallery’s work whether through large projects working in partnership with other organisations, research based on its own collections, or as a facilitator of research into portraiture by scholars from outside. The Gallery is recognised as an Independent Research Organisation by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The Gallery's range of current research programs centred around our collections and aspects of portraiture.
A major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.
British Artists' Suppliers focuses on the supply of painting materials to British artists, especially portrait painters, up until 1950.
A directory including a selection of more than 100 prominent and interesting picture, sculpture and paper restorers in Britain.
An update on the exhibition 'The Art of the Picture Frame', held at the Gallery in 1996-97 and giving information on current research.
The prints of Alexander Browne and Richard Tompson, two of the first and most important publishers of high quality mezzotints in Britain.
HM Queen Margrethe II’s distinguished postdoctoral fellowships on the subject of Danish-British portraiture are the result of a partnership between the Gallery and the National Museum of History in Frederiksborg, with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation. The fellowships began in April 2016 and will run for two years, with one of the fellows being based at the Gallery.