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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Dress

A selection of portraits linked to Dress. If you are looking for a specific Dress you can explore the Advanced Search feature and choose the Dress option under Subjects and Themes.

Crowns and tiaras

Portraits showing sitters wearing crowns, tiaras and garlands.

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Eyeglasses and spectacles

Portraits showing sitters wearing or using spectacles, monocles, magnifying glasses and other implements to aid vision.

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Fans

Portraits showing sitters with different types of fans, including folding hand-held, feather and mechanical fans.

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Gloves

Portraits showing sitters wearing different types of gloves, including evening, white, medical, winter and boxing gloves.

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Hats and head attire

Portraits depicting different styles of hats including turbans, bonnets, sunhats, helmets, military hats, top hats and bowler hats.

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Jewellery

Portraits showing original, signature and exquisite jewellery designs.

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Masks and disguises

Portraits depicting masks or disguises including sitters masking their faces with hands, veils and extensive make up.

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Umbrellas and parasols

Portraits depicting different styles of umbrellas and parasols in open and closed states.

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