The Gallery’s research programmes support its mission to promote an understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture and to promote the appreciation of portraiture in all media. As such its major research areas are history, biography and the history of art and photography from the sixteenth century to the present day. This interdisciplinary approach is conducted both through research on the Gallery’s own collections and through fostering research into the broader field of portraiture.
A major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.
British Artists' Suppliers focuses on the supply of painting materials to British artists, especially portrait painters, up until 1950.
A directory including a selection of more than 100 prominent and interesting picture, sculpture and paper restorers in Britain.
An update on the exhibition 'The Art of the Picture Frame', held at the Gallery in 1996-97 and giving information on current research.
The prints of Alexander Browne and Richard Tompson, two of the first and most important publishers of high quality mezzotints in Britain.
HM Queen Margrethe II’s distinguished postdoctoral fellowships on the subject of Danish-British portraiture are the result of a partnership between the Gallery and the National Museum of History in Frederiksborg, with the support of the Carlsberg Foundation. The fellowships began in April 2016 and will run for two years, with one of the fellows being based at the Gallery.