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Beside the seaside

To celebrate August and the Summer holidays here are a selection of our portraits beside the seaside.

Prints from the National Portrait Gallery collection are available to buy from as little as £6.00. To order, select your image and then on the next page click on the 'Buy a print of this image' link beneath it. You can choose unframed prints, starting from £6, and framed prints, starting from £25. Sizes available: 15 x 10 cm on satin paper, A4, A3 and A2 prints on art etch and satin paper and A3 images on A2 canvas. International shipping available.

Can't find quite the right portrait for you? If you wish to see more images showing water in all its forms, please browse here.

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'The Siren Galop'
by Alfred Concanen, and by Thomas Wales Lee, printed by Stannard & Dixon, published by John Blockley, and published by Cramer, Beale & Wood
1860s
NPG D42816

Gabrielle Ray
by Bassano Ltd, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
1900s
NPG x198011

Gabrielle Ray
by Bassano Ltd, published by Aristophot Co Ltd
circa 1910
NPG x160565

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Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

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Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

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Learning resources

Downloadable and web based resources to support learning at home linked to art, history, citizenship and literacy.

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