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.

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How can I tell if a portrait is on display?

Whenever a portrait is on display in London, at one of our regional partners, on long-term or exhibition loan, the Gallery indicates that it is currently on display to the public.

In the search area of Collections this information is displayed next to the initial thumbnail listing once a sitter or artist has been selected, on a line that starts 'On display ...' and in a 'See this portrait' link at the top right hand corner of the page once a small thumbnail has been clicked on in order to display all the information about a portrait.

If in doubt look for this green dot which confirms the portrait is on display.

To see a full listing of all National Portrait Gallery portraits on display go to Advanced Search and select the ‘On Display’ check box.