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The National Portrait Gallery's award-winning publishing programme supports the Gallery by reflecting on the nature of British society and identity through portraiture. We publish books that showcase the highlights of the Gallery’s Collection and present the art and stories behind eminent British men and women who have influenced Britain’s artistic, cultural and social history. 

We create beautifully produced catalogues to accompany the Gallery’s broad range of temporary exhibitions, alongside annual catalogues for the Gallery’s long-running award exhibitions. The BP Portrait Award and Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award represent the very best in contemporary portrait painting and portrait photography from around the world.

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Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

Tell us more about our Silvy sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s.

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