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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The Making of a Pioneer: Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present, including Pauline Boty, Shami Chakrabarti, Emily Brontë, Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine Greer, and Vanessa Bell. A collaboration between British clothing and lifestyle brand TOAST and the National Portrait Gallery.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Germaine Greer

Vanessa Bell

Emily Bronte

Shami Chakrabarti

Pauline Boty with Ali Smith

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Scientific techniques

Watch our playlist exploring scientific techniques used by the Gallery to unlock the secrets behind our Tudor portraits.

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Subjects and themes

Search the collection by themes - from pets to weddings!

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Black History Month

Take a tour exploring our Collection created by Alayo Akinkugbe for Black History Month in 2020.

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A Picture of Health

Learn about pioneers in medicine, health and social reform from 1840 to 1920.

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