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.

How Your Support Has Helped

The Wellington Appeal

After a successful fundraising appeal the Gallery was able to announce that it had secured Sir Thomas Lawrence’s last portrait of the first Duke of Wellington.

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Saved: Van Dyck’s Self-portrait

Sir Anthony Van Dyck's final self-portrait has been bought by the National Portrait Gallery, following the success of a public appeal by the Gallery and the Art Fund.

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Past appeals

Appeals that we have made to secure great portraits for the Nation.

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