About the Collection

Explore over 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day in a wide variety of different mediums.

Primary Collection

A Collection of 11,000 portraits, of which about 4,000 are paintings, sculptures and miniatures, and 7,000 light-sensitive works on paper.

Photographs Collection

A Collection of more than 220,000 original photographic images, of which at least 130,000 are original negatives.

Reference Collection

A Collection of 80,000 portraits, mainly prints, but also a body of drawings and a smaller body of paintings and sculptures.

Supporting our Collection

Public and charitable sources of support for the collection.

Offering a portrait to the Gallery

A guide to offering a portrait as a gift or purchase for the Collection.

Collection loans

Borrowing portraits from the Gallery as part of our commitment to give access to the collections to as wide an audience as possible.


Fulfilling the long-term preservation of all collection items in order to make them accessible now and in the future.