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.

Advanced Collection search

NPG D2727 in 360°

As chairman of the British Railways Board in the early 1960s, Richard Beeching was responsible for what became popularly known as the 'Beeching Axe'. This streamlined British Rail by making massive reductions in track, stations and staff. He is represented in a 'sculptoon', a cartoon in clay designed to be photographed for publication in the press.

Look around the object by dragging your mouse across the image.

Look around the object by dragging your finger across the image.

Richard Beeching, 1st Baron Beeching
by Geoffrey Davien
sculptoon, ceramic, 1964
NPG D2727
Photographs © National Portrait Gallery, London

Watch

Our channel

View a wide collection of video content on our YouTube channel from past projects to our latest films.

Sit back and watch

Artist and sitter interviews

Get insights into creating portraiture from BP Portrait Award 2020 artists and their sitters.

Explore behind the scenes

Sleeping Awake

Watch our film created to say ‘goodbye’ to the Gallery before we closed for our major transformation project.

Hear our story