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Queen Elizabeth I (‘The Ditchley’ portrait) by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, William Shakespeare (‘The Chandos portrait’) associated with John Taylor, Sir Isaac Newton by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie, William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence, Mary Seacole by Albert Charles Challen, Charles Darwin copy by John Collier, Dame Zaha Hadid by Michael Craig-Martin.

Adopt-a-Portrait

Celebrate the people who inspire you through our new Adopt-a-Portrait scheme.

This is a unique opportunity to adopt a portrait from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

A special recognition plaque bearing your name, or your family name, or in memory of someone dear to you, will acknowledge your support for a period of ten years.

Celebrate the people who inspire you

Our gallery is brimming with people and personalities; writers, musicians, actors, artists, politicians, royalty, explorers and scientists.  Who’s your hero?

Adoptions can mark a birthday or special anniversary or remember a loved one.  Celebrate the people you love by adopting a portrait in their honour.

Support the work of the National Portrait Gallery

By adopting a portrait, you are playing a crucial role in helping to care for and display our remarkable Collection, ensuring its survival for future generations.   

We are inviting gifts of £5,000 and above to the National Portrait Gallery.  To thank you for your support we would be pleased to discuss an adoption of your choice.  Please contact Rebecca Redclift, Campaign Manager at [email protected] for more information.

King Henry VII, by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VII

by Unknown Netherlandish artist

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII, by Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1536-1537 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

King Henry VIII; King Henry VII

by Hans Holbein the Younger

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait'), by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, circa 1592 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth I ('The Ditchley portrait')

by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare, associated with John Taylor, circa 1600-1610 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Shakespeare

associated with John Taylor

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Somerset House Conference, 1604, by Unknown artist, 1604 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Somerset House Conference, 1604

by Unknown artist

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Oliver Cromwell, by Robert Walker, circa 1649 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Oliver Cromwell

by Robert Walker

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Gibson, after Sir Peter Lely, circa 1658, based on a work of circa 1658 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Gibson

after Sir Peter Lely

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Beale, by Mary Beale, circa 1666 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Beale

by Mary Beale

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Isaac Newton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1702 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Isaac Newton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Christopher Wren, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1711 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Christopher Wren

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Richard Steele, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1711 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Richard Steele

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joshua Reynolds, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1747-1749 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joshua Reynolds

by Sir Joshua Reynolds

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1756-1757 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Johnson

by Sir Joshua Reynolds

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1771-1773 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt

by Sir Joshua Reynolds

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), by Robert Edge Pine, circa 1775 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge)

by Robert Edge Pine

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Chevalier d'Eon, by Thomas Stewart, after  Jean Laurent Mosnier, 1792 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Chevalier d'Eon

by Thomas Stewart, after Jean Laurent Mosnier

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons with the Emblems of Tragedy'), by Sir William Beechey, 1793 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons with the Emblems of Tragedy')

by Sir William Beechey

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Wollstonecraft, by John Opie, circa 1797 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Wollstonecraft

by John Opie

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Nelson, by Sir William Beechey, 1800 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horatio Nelson

by Sir William Beechey

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Jane Austen, by Cassandra Austen, circa 1810 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Jane Austen

by Cassandra Austen

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Caroline Lamb, by Eliza H. Trotter, exhibited 1811 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Caroline Lamb

by Eliza H. Trotter

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lord Byron, by Richard Westall, 1813 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lord Byron

by Richard Westall

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wilberforce, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1828 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wilberforce

by Sir Thomas Lawrence

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë), by Patrick Branwell Brontë, circa 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë)

by Patrick Branwell Brontë

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Dickens, by Daniel Maclise, 1839 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles Dickens

by Daniel Maclise

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Faraday, by Thomas Phillips, 1841-1842 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Michael Faraday

by Thomas Phillips

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wordsworth, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1842 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wordsworth

by Benjamin Robert Haydon

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), by George Frederic Watts, 1864 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')

by George Frederic Watts

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle, by George Frederic Watts, 1868 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Carlyle

by George Frederic Watts

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Seacole, by Albert Charles Challen, 1869 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Seacole

by Albert Charles Challen

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Morris, by George Frederic Watts, 1870 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Morris

by George Frederic Watts

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Fawcett, by Ford Madox Brown, 1872 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Fawcett; Dame Millicent Fawcett

by Ford Madox Brown

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe), by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1879 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe)

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1879 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1881 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield

by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, by Walter Wallis, 1881 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

by Walter Wallis

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell, by Giovanni Boldini, 1894 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gertrude Elizabeth (née Blood), Lady Colin Campbell

by Giovanni Boldini

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Octavia Hill, by John Singer Sargent, 1898 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Octavia Hill

by John Singer Sargent

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Gwen John, by Gwen John, circa 1900 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gwen John

by Gwen John

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Christabel Pankhurst, by Ethel Wright, exhibited 1909 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Christabel Pankhurst

by Ethel Wright

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf, by Vanessa Bell, 1912 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf

by Vanessa Bell

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper ('Self Portrait'), by Laura Knight, 1913 - NPG  - Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021.  All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

Laura Knight with model, Ella Louise Naper ('Self Portrait')

by Laura Knight

Reproduced with permission of The Estate of Dame Laura Knight DBE RA 2021. All Rights Reserved / Bridgeman Images

Emmeline Pankhurst, by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emmeline Pankhurst

by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dylan Thomas, by Augustus John, circa 1937-1938 - NPG  - © estate of Augustus John / Bridgeman Images

Dylan Thomas

by Augustus John

© estate of Augustus John / Bridgeman Images

Beatrix Potter, by Delmar Banner, 1938 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Beatrix Potter

by Delmar Banner

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Harold Moody, by Ronald Moody, 1997, based on a work of 1946 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Harold Moody

by Ronald Moody

© National Portrait Gallery, London

T.S. Eliot, by Patrick Heron, 1949 - NPG  - © Patrick Heron/ DACS 2019

T.S. Eliot

by Patrick Heron

© Patrick Heron/ DACS 2019

Winston Churchill, by Graham Sutherland, 1954 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Winston Churchill

by Graham Sutherland

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Pauline Boty, by Pauline Boty, circa 1958 - NPG  - © Pauline Boty Estate / National Portrait Gallery, London

Pauline Boty

by Pauline Boty

© Pauline Boty Estate / National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II, by Pietro Annigoni, 1969 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Elizabeth II

by Pietro Annigoni

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Learie Constantine, by Karin Jonzen, 1971 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Learie Constantine

by Karin Jonzen

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Pandit Ram Gopal, by Feliks Topolski, circa 1972 - NPG  - © estate of Feliks Topolski

Pandit Ram Gopal

by Feliks Topolski

© estate of Feliks Topolski

Diana, Princess of Wales, by Bryan Organ, 1981 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Diana, Princess of Wales

by Bryan Organ

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982, by Paul Brason, 1982-1985 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Conservative Party Conference, Brighton 1982

by Paul Brason

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Hodgkin, by Maggi Hambling, 1985 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Hodgkin

by Maggi Hambling

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lucy Jones (

Lucy Jones ("Self Portrait")

by Lucy Jones

Chris Ofili, by Chris Ofili, 1991 - NPG  - © Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili

by Chris Ofili

© Chris Ofili

Mo Mowlam, by John Keane, 2001 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mo Mowlam

by John Keane

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Nelson Mandela, by Ian Homer Walters, 2008, based on a work of 2001 - NPG  - Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Nelson Mandela

by Ian Homer Walters

Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

Judi Dench, by Alessandro Raho, 2004 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Judi Dench

by Alessandro Raho

© National Portrait Gallery, London

'Self-Portrait with Charlie' (David Hockney; Charles Dare Scheips), by David Hockney, 2005 - NPG  - © David Hockney, Collection National Portrait Gallery, London

'Self-Portrait with Charlie' (David Hockney; Charles Dare Scheips)

by David Hockney

© David Hockney, Collection National Portrait Gallery, London

J.K. Rowling, by Stuart Pearson Wright, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

J.K. Rowling

by Stuart Pearson Wright

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Zaha Hadid, by Michael Craig-Martin, 2008 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dame Zaha Hadid

by Michael Craig-Martin

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Amy Winehouse ('Amy-Blue'), by Marlene Dumas, 2011 - NPG  - © Marlene Dumas; courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Amy Winehouse ('Amy-Blue')

by Marlene Dumas

© Marlene Dumas; courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, by Sean Henry, 2015 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

by Sean Henry

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ed Sheeran, by Colin Davidson, 2016 - NPG  - © Colin Davidson

Ed Sheeran

by Colin Davidson

© Colin Davidson

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

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