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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See below for a selection of different artist, sitter and professional groups. Alternatively click on Advanced search to see the full selection with the Groups area.

Artist groups selection

Camden Town Group Neo-Romantics Pop artists Pre-Raphaelites St Ives School School of London Seven and Five Society Surrealists and their circle Vorticists Young British Artists (YBAs)

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BAME sitters Bloomsbury Bluestocking circle Chartists Gunpowder plotters Kit-Kat Club LGBT + Lunar Society of Birmingham and their circle Romantic poets Suffragettes and suffragists

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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.

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Hold Still

Hold Still

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

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Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

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

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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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

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