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 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
Top floor galleries covering early English kings, and the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, from 1485 to 1603.
Stuart and Civil War
Top floor galleries covering the Stuart period from 1603 to 1714, punctuated by the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate.
Top floor galleries covering the Hanoverian age from 1714 with the reigns of King George I, King George II and King George III.
Room 9: The Kit-cat Club Room 10: The Arts in the early 18th century Room 11: Royalty and Religion in the early 18th century Room 12: The Arts in the later 18th century Room 13: Science and Industry in the 18th century Room 14: Britain becomes a World PowerRoom 15: Edward William Lane Room 16: Life, Death and Memory
The Weldon Galleries on the top floor encompassing the Regency under King George IV and up to the death of King William IV in 1837.
Victorian and Edwardian
First floor galleries covering the long reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901 and the reign of King Edward VII to 1910.
Room 21: Introduction: Queen Victoria Room 22: Statesmen's Gallery Room 23: Expansion and Empire Room 24: Early Victorian Arts Room 25: Portraits and Politics Room 26: Portraits by G.F. Watts Room 27: Science and Technology Room 28: Late Victorian Arts Room 29: A Century of Photography 1840 - 1940
First floor galleries covering the 20th Century from the onset of the First World War till the end of the 1980s.
The Lerner Galleries area mix contemporary displays and temporary exhibitions and displays.
Main Hall Room 35: Contemporary portraits Room 36: BP Portrait Award Winners Commissions Room 37: Sculpture and Drawing Room 37a: Sculpture and Drawing Room 38: Innovation and Photography Room 38a Innovation and Photography Room 40: Portrait of the Artist Porter Gallery: The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt Wolfson Gallery : BP Portrait Award 2017
Check out our Events calendar to discover our Current exhibitions and displays, as well as other activities at the Gallery.
Virtual Gallery rooms
Immerse yourself online using your computer, laptop or mobile and explore a selection of rooms at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Explore the Gallery with the help of clickable floor plans linked to exhibitions, temporary displays and room by room listings of portraits on display.