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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Explore the collection in a wide range of ways other than by searching by a particular named sitter, artist or portrait.

Tudor and Elizabethan Portraits

A selection of portraits from 1485 to 1603.

Stuart Portraits and the Civil War

A selection of portraits from 1603 to 1714.

Georgian and Regency Portraits

A selection of portraits from 1714 to 1837.

Victorian and Edwardian Portraits

A selection of portraits from 1837 to 1910.

20th Century Portraits

A selection of portraits in the 20th Century up to 2000.

Contemporary Portraits

A selection of contemporary portraits from 2000 to the present day.

Subjects and Themes

Selections of portraits from the Gallery's collections by subject and theme.

People, Portraits and Places

People and portraits represented within our Collection and the places associated with them

Our Collection in 360°

Explore our Collection of sculptures and objects from all angles.

Monarchy Family Tree

Follow the family tree of the Kings and Queens of England, from 871 to the present day.

Podcast of Pioneers

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.


Explore how contemporary portraits were realised through interviews with artists and sitters, talking about the portrait process.


Discover significant anniversaries relating to the sitters and artists in the National Portrait Gallery’s collections.

Family Trees

Selected families and their family trees as represented within the Gallery's Collections.


See a selection of different artist, sitter and professional groups

Virtual tours

Ready-made tours of 12 portraits on display at the Gallery today. Includes a Highlights tour, tours by period and tours by theme.

Art Materials

Explore definitions as they relate to the Collections and a special feature on different materials and techniques used in drawn portraits.