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.

Search the Collection

Bassano 1892


10 Portraits in set

The Gallery holds over 40,000 negatives taken by the Bassano studio between the 1870s and 1950s. The firm was founded by Alexander Bassano in 1850 in Regent Street, London. The studio moved three times later to Old Bond Street in 1876, Dover Street in 1920 and then to Pimlico in 1974, where it still operates. The firm donated the bulk of the gallery's collection in 1974 when it made its last move to Pimlico. In 1996 two further selection of negatives were acquired, namely much of the work taken by Alexander Bassano himself from the 1870s to the early 1900s and a further 5,000 negatives of mainly theatrical subjects (from 1903-1939) which were presented by John Culme.

List Thumbnail

Ethel Matthews, by Alexander Bassano - NPG Ax28279

Ethel Matthews

by Alexander Bassano
carbon print, published 1 March 1892
NPG Ax28279

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96143

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96143

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96144

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96144

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96145

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96145

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96146

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96146

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96147

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96147

In 'King Henry VIII', by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96500

In 'King Henry VIII'

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96500

In 'King Henry VIII', by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96501

In 'King Henry VIII'

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96501

In 'King Henry VIII', by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96502

In 'King Henry VIII'

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96502

In 'King Henry VIII', by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96503

In 'King Henry VIII'

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1892
NPG x96503