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Why can’t I see digital images of all portraits?

The Gallery is actively engaged in digitising its collection, and brings approaching 10,000 new images on to the website each year.

We cannot guarantee a date when any unillustrated portrait will be digitised, but we aim to get recent acquisitions illustrated on the website within months of their acquisition.

If you wish to purchase a print of any unillustrated portrait, please contact Rights and Images.


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Sleeping Awake

Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.

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