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.

Family History at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery can help with your family history research.  If you want to search for a portrait of your ancestor or find out more about an existing portrait you can search our Collections online; contact our free enquiry service or visit the Heinz Archive & Library and conduct your research in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the National Portrait Gallery hold a portrait or photograph of my ancestor? 
Search here:  https://www.npg.org.uk/collections.php

Can I buy a copy of my ancestor's portrait?
Buy here:
https://www.npg.org.uk/shop/prints.php

I want to publish or reproduce the picture in a book or a website, how can I do this? 
Contact us: www.npg.captureweb.co.uk

Was my ancestor a member of National Portrait Gallery staff?
Search here: http://archivecatalogue.npg.org.uk/

I want to visit the Heinz Archive & Library, how can I make an appointment?
Contact us: [email protected]