The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

Do you sell or dispose of portraits?

The Gallery's Acquisition and Disposal policy is available on the Gallery's website in the Collections Development Policy. In practice, the Gallery has not sold any portraits from the collection since before the Second World War. It does however occasionally transfer portraits to other institutions where this is appropriate. Such transfers are recorded in the Gallery's Annual Review which is available on the Gallery's website in the Minutes of Meetings of the Board of Trustees. In 2007, photographs taken by Nancy Hellebrand for her book, Londoners at Home, published in 1974, were transferred to the Museum of London. In 2009, a transfer was made to the British Museum of a mechanical painting, A Summer's Evening with a View of a Public Road, probably by Matthew Boulton, after Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg, 1776.


Make a donation

Support our Making History appeal and help us transform the Gallery.

Help us make history

Online shop

A unique range of books, accessories and gifts. Every purchase supports the Gallery’s work.

Shop now

Bring a familiar face home

Refresh your home gallery with a huge selection of custom art prints .

Buy a print