About us


Who we are

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

Organisation

Our story so far


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Working at the Gallery


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Press


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The Gallery

Gallery History


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The Collection


Discover the most extensive collection of portraits in the world

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Visiting the Gallery


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Your support


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Access and Community


Our programme of accessible events and resources

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Research


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