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.

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Portrait Explorer in The Regency Galleries - © Colin Streater

Portrait Explorer in The Regency Galleries
© Colin Streater


Explore the Gallery's Collection using the Portrait Explorer interactive touch-screens in our IT Gallery. Offering access to over 70,000 portraits you can search for your favourite person or artist, use timelines to explore historical periods, watch interviews with sitters then create and print your own personalised tour of the portraits on display.

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Here at you can explore 160,000 portraits from the sixteenth century to the present day. Search for your favourite person by name or by their profession, or search for an artist by style or genre. You can even search for portraits which include maps or jewels or for sitters with tattoos! Plus you can find out about exhibitions, displays and the Gallery's varied programme of special events using our daily calendar.

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

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