Research programmes

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.

Research programmes at the Gallery

NPG 447 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonThe Gallery's range of current research programs centred around our collections and aspects of portraiture.

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Making Art in Tudor Britain

NPG 1766 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonA major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.

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The Art of the Picture Frame

Art of Picture FrameAn update on the exhibition 'The Art of the Picture Frame', held at the Gallery in 1996-97 and giving information on current research.

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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

NPG 1078 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonResearch work on detailed catalogues of Later Victorian Portraits, currently focussed on the Art and Architecture tranche.


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British artists' suppliers, 1650-1950

NPG 6342 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonBritish Artists' Suppliers focuses on the supply of painting materials to British artists, especially portrait painters, up until 1950.

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Early history of mezzotint

NPG D11398 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonThe prints of Alexander Browne and Richard Tompson, two of the first and most important publishers of high quality mezzotints in Britain.

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British picture restorers, 1630-1950

NPG D3667A directory including a selection of more than 100 prominent and interesting picture, sculpture and paper restorers in Britain.

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Research partnerships

NPG 1336Working with individuals and organisations both as collaborators on research programmes and as funding partners.

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