Our reopening partner

Thanks to the National Portrait Gallery’s Reopening Partner: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith-Freehills has a longstanding partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, having been a sponsor of the Gallery since 2004. In 2023, they become the Gallery’s reopening partner following the Inspiring People redevelopment project, and continue this leading role as an important sponsor during an exciting time in the Gallery’s history.

Kindly supported by 

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From 2004 to 2007,  Herbert Smith Freehills supported exhibitions and the Gallery’s 150th Anniversary, and from 2008 they were the Gallery’s partner for its annual Spring Season. Through this support the Gallery has been able to present a creative, engaging and educational exhibition programme in the spring period every year.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is a leading international legal practice with over 2800 lawyers (including over 450 partners) and a network of offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. Alongside their core sponsorship activities, they regularly work with the Gallery to provide arts workshops and careers sessions to the schools they support in the communities near to their London office.

Over the course of 19 years of partnership with the Gallery, Herbert Smith Freehills has supported numerous world-class exhibitions:

2004 Cecil Beaton Portraits
Lee Miller Portraits
150th Anniversary sponsorship
Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913-2008 and Brilliant Women: 18th Century Bluestockings
Gerhard Richter Portraits and Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle
Irving Penn Portraits and The Indian Portrait: 1560-1860
Hoppe Portraits and Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer
Lucian Freud Portraits and The Queen: Art and Image
Man Ray and George Catlin: American Indian Portraits
Bailey’s Stardust and The Great War in Portraits
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
2016 Vogue 100: A Century of Style
2017 Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends and Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the Mask
2018 Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT and Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography
2019 Martin Parr: Only Human and Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
2020 David Hockney: Drawing from Life and Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things