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.

Advanced Collection search

Gillray and the moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings in July 1969 we have made a selection of prints by the caricaturist James Gillray featuring the moon. Gillray is one of many figures represented in the Gallery's collection who have been inspired by the moon over many centuries. Prints from the National Portrait Gallery collection are available to buy from as little as £6 and £25 for a framed print. To order, select your image and then on the next page click on the 'Buy a print of this image' link beneath it. International shipping available.

Can you find his representation of the moon in all of these portraits? Use the Image zoom function if you can't see it straight away!


Page 1 OF 2

Napoléon Bonaparte ('The valley of the shadow of death')
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 24 September 1808
NPG D12912

'Phaeton alarm'd!'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 22 March 1808
NPG D13115

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville ('Dun-Shaw')
by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores
published 7 March 1788
NPG D12375

'The castle in the moon'
by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
published 22 August 1782
NPG D12987

Page 1 OF 2

Visit From Your Armchair

Self-portrait as My Father from the series Encounter  by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.

Visit now

Hold Still

Hold Still

Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.

Explore the exhibition

Margaret Thatcher by Spitting Images Productions Ltd painted plastic, 1985

Sculptures in 360°

See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.

View the 360s

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.

See the video