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 many portraits are on display?

There are usually around 1,400 portraits on display in the Gallery at any one time.

All portraits currently on display in the Gallery are listed and illustrated in the Room by room section of the What's On pages.

All portraits on display at the Gallery's regional partnerships, on current or forthcoming exhibition or long-term loans are listed in the Where you are section of the Beyond the Gallery pages.

Gallery room by room listings All portraits on display both nationally and internationally

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

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