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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Slideshows: Spotlight on the Collection

Slideshows: Spotlight on the Collection

Slideshows: Spotlight on the Collection

Browse curated selections of photographs from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection

The Photographs collection consists of more than 250,000 original photographic images of which at least 130,000 are original negatives. They date from the 1840s to the present day. View a unique series of photographs centred on particular sitters, photographers or themes.


Banner image: Violet Loraine and George Robey in 'The Bing Boys Are Here' by Foulsham & Banfield, published by J. Beagles & Co (deatailed) Ax160326 - © National Portrait Gallery, London © National Portrait Gallery, London

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