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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A selection of portraits containing objects. If you are looking for a specific Accessory you can explore the Advanced Search feature and choose the Accessory option.

Art in art

Portraits that include paintings, photographs, drawings and sculpture within them.

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Books and libraries

Portraits that include a book, a collection of books or a library.

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Carpets and textiles

Portraits that include carpets, rugs, hangings and textiles with interesting designs and motifs.

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Clocks and timepieces

Portraits that include clocks, watches and other types of timepieces.

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Flowers and plants

Portraits that include flowers and plants, in vases or garden settings.

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Maps and globes

Portraits that include local, regional and world maps and several globe types.

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Mirrors and reflections

Portraits that include mirrors and any type of reflection.

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Pets and animals

Portraits that depict pets, other animals and representations of animals.

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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!

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Healthcare Heroes

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

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Learning resources

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

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