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Virtual tours

Virtual tours

Virtual tours

Ready-made groups of 12 portraits in the collection

Highlights

Highlights

Get to know the most iconic portraits in our collection.

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Tudors and Elizabethans

Tudors and Elizabethans

From Shakespeare to Henry VIII, explore 12 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits in our collection

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Stuarts and Civil War

Stuarts and Civil War

From Oliver Cromwell to Samuel Pepys, see 12 famous faces from this dramatic chapter of British history

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Georgian

Georgian

Delve into the Georgian period with 12 portraits from this wig-filled era

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Regency tour

Regency

Poets, novelists and scientists—get to know our Regency era portraits

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Victorians

From Charles Dickens to Florence Nightingale, meet some notable 19th century figures

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20th Century

Come face to face with politicians, writers and artists from the last century

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Contemporary

Discover 12 portraits of contemporary figures

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Portraits by theme

Actresses

Explore portraits of actresses in our collection

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Art and Artists

Discover portraits of artists at work

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Diversity

Explore portraits of 12 people of colour from the collection

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Eminent Women

View portraits of 12 eminent women

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Events and occasions

See portraits of famous wars, trials and exhibitions from the collection

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Family and children

From the Brontës to Charles I's family, see 12 portraits of eminent families from our collection

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Fashion

Opulent jewels, queens and supermodels; explore fashion in our collection

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Kings and Queens

Portraits of 12 monarchs from throughout history

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LGBT+

12 portraits of LGBT+ people from throughout history

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Music tour

Music

Discover musicians past and present in a selection of 12 portraits

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Philosophers tour

Philosophers

Meet some of the great thinkers from history

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Poets tour

Poets

From Shakespeare to Shelley, get to know our portraits of poets

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Politicans tour

Politicians

See 12 portraits of famous figures such as Pitt, Peel and Churchill

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Scientific discovery tour

Scientific discovery

Gravity, stars, electricity: portraits of scientists responsible for exciting discoveries

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Self-portraits tour

Self-portraits

12 artists depicitions of themselves.

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Travellers and explorers

Travellers and explorers

Portraits of 12 explorers from history

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War and peace

War and peace

12 portraits of wartime and soldiers

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Writers

Writers

From Charles Dickens to Bernardine Evaristo, discover portraits of writers in our collection

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If you have ideas for other tours you would like developed, please email us at [email protected] and we will share them with a wider audience. Thank you!

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