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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Visitor Numbers

(per calendar year)

Year
Visitor numbers
2018
1,586,451
2017
1,703,411
2016
1,949,330
2015
2,145,486
2014
2,062,502
2013
2,014,636
2012
2,096,858
2011
1,880,104
2010
1,819,442
2009
1,961,843
2008
1,843,266
2007
1,607,767
2006
1,601,448
2005
1,539,766
2004
1,516,402
2003
1,315,402
2002
1,484,331
2001
1,269,819
2000
1,178,400
1999
999,842
1998
1,017,265
1997
883,435
1996
807,545
1995
851,030
1994
1,044,149
1993
611,257
1992
575,880
1991
590,382
1990
602,569
1989
625,197
1988
639,795
1987
591,906
1986
624,521
1985
516,148
1984
581,395
1983
467,736
1982
524,492
1981
529,608
1980
448,690

 

 

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

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

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