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’.


Our story so far

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The Gallery

Gallery History

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The Collection

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Visiting the Gallery

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Access and Community

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