People & Portraits


The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 210,000 works from the 16th Century to the present day.

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Primary Collection


11,000 portraits – paintings, drawings, miniatures and sculptures

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Photographs


Discover over 240,000 photographs and negatives

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Prints and Drawings


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Family connections?


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Research


Our research programmes and published research on our portraits

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Portraits on display


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Archive and library


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Plan Your Visit


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Tell us more about our Silhouettes


Join enthusiastic contributors who have already identified 155 sitters

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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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How you can help?


Thank you for helping to conserve our portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Period Catalogues

Tudor and Jacobean Portraits Catalogue


Roy Strong’s out-of-print Collection Catalogue (16th and early 17th century)

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue (17th century)

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Kerslake’s Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Regency Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from Richard Walker’s Regency Portraits Catalogue (18th-19th century)

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from Richard Ormond’s Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue (19th century)

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