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

Crayon

Pencil or stick of coloured chalk or wax used for drawing. The word originated from the seventeenth century French word 'craie'; for chalk. It is now more associated with sticks of dry, powdered colour with a wax binder which give an effect like pastel but greasier.

Page 1 OF 2

Charles Burney
by Francesco Bartolozzi, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
(1781)
NPG D14662

Phil May
by Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, Bt
1898
NPG 1659

William Roberts
by William Roberts
circa 1912-1913
NPG 6135

Compton Mackenzie
by Powys Evans
1920s?
NPG 5872

John Piper
by Peggy Angus
1937
NPG 6545

Page 1 OF 2

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

Get Creative

Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

Learn together

Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

Get learning