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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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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Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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