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 linked to Genre. If you are looking for a specific Genre you can explore the Advanced Search feature and choose the Genre option under Subjects and Themes.


Portraits that show children, either on their own or with their family.

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Portraits showing married and non-married, different and same gender couples.

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Portraits showing two or more members of the same family.

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Group portraits

Portraits showing three or more sitters and sometimes large groups of individuals.

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Nudes and naked figures

Portraits of nudes and naked figures.

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Royal babies

Portraits of babies born into the royal family from the Stuarts to the present day.

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Portraits where the artist has represented themselves or is the main subject of the portrait.

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Portraits that show weddings.

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