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Recent Acquisitions

Paintings

Recent paintings acquired by the Gallery, including the portrait of Prince William and Prince Harry.

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Miniatures

Recent miniatures acquired by the Gallery, including a 16th Century miniature of Catherine of Aragon.

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Drawings

Recent drawings acquired by the Gallery, including the portrait of William Cobbett.

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Sculptures

Recent sculptures acquired by the Gallery, including Marc Quinn's 'Self'.

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Prints

Recent prints acquired by the Gallery, such as this May Day Garland from 1820.

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Photographs

Recent photographs acquired by the Gallery, such as this photograph of Baron Alli by Mary McCartney.

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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

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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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