Research


Research is fundamental to the Gallery’s work whether through large projects working in partnership with other organisations, research based on its own collections, or as a facilitator of research into portraiture by scholars from outside. The Gallery is recognised as an Independent Research Organisation by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Research programmes

Making Art in Tudor Britain


A major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits

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Later Victorian Portraits


A major project on cataloguing in depth the Gallery’s collection of later Victorian portraits

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Research partnerships


We work with a wide range of individuals and organisations on research programmes

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Staff research


Details of the range of research projects being undertaken by Gallery staff

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Heinz Archive and Library

Open by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or in the history of the Gallery

Researching portraits

Conservation


How we maintain our portraits in order to make them accessible now and in the future

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Family history


Research your family history and search for a portrait of your ancestor

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Gallery Records


The Gallery Records contain material relating to the Gallery's activities since its foundation in 1856

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Collected Archives


Archive material acquired by the Gallery because of its relevance to the study of British portraiture

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Research directories

British artists' suppliers


British and foreign firms of artists’ suppliers and colourmen

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Framemakers


Framemakers, carvers and gilders in Britain

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Restorers


Leading picture, paper and sculpture restorers who worked on major collections

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Sculpture


Bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers active in Britain from 1800

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Period Catalogues

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue (17th century)

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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Kerslake’s Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from John Ingamells’ Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue (18th century)

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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue


Extended entries from Richard Ormond’s Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue (19th century)

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