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


Thin, stiff board, made of compressed sawdust and woodchips which have been reduced to a pulp and then reconstituted. Hardboard panels have one smooth and one mesh-like surface, both of which can be used to paint on. Often they are sanded or covered with fabric before painting.

Previous 1 OF 1 Next

Philip Connard
by Philip Connard
1910s or 1920s?
NPG 4702

(Maurice) Denton Welch
by (Maurice) Denton Welch
circa 1940-1942
NPG 4080

Kathleen Raine
by Victoria Crowe
NPG 5748

Previous 1 OF 1 Next

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Visit now

Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

Explore the exhibition

Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

View the 360s

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

See the video