Room by room

Around 1,400 portraits are on display at the Gallery in London throughout the year. The current listing in each room can be accessed through the links by historical period below. Additionally information about portraits on display in temporary displays and exhibitions can be accessed through the events calendar. Information about portraits on display outside the Gallery at our regional partners in Somerset, North Wales and Yorkshire and as part of long-term or exhibition loans can be found within the Beyond the Gallery section of this website.

Tudor and Elizabethan

NPG 290 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonTop floor galleries covering early English kings, and the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, from 1485 to 1603.

Medieval stairs
Rooms 1 - 3: The Tudors
Room 4: Early Stuart Britain

Stuart and Civil War

NPG 776 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonTop floor galleries covering the Stuart period from 1603 to 1714, punctuated by the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate.

Room 5: Charles I and Civil War
Room 6: Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter
Room 7: Charles II: The Restoration of the Monarchy
Room 8: The Later Stuarts

Contemporary displays

NPG 6468 - © National Portrait Gallery, LondonThe Lerner Galleries area mix contemporary displays and temporary exhibitions and displays.



Room 35: Contemporary portraits
Room 36: Contemporary portraits
Room 37 & 37a: Creative Connections
Room 38: Science, Technology and Business
Room 38a Commissioned Portraits
Room 39: Contemporary Portraits
Room 40: Contemporary Portraits


This listing is room by room, but you can also check our Events calendar to discover our Current exhibitions and displays, as well as other activities at the Gallery.