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Main Entrance - © John Walmsley

Main Entrance, National Portrait Gallery, London
© John Walmsley

The National Portrait Gallery is all about people. From Henry VIII to Kate Moss you can meet the men and women who shaped British history and culture. The Collection begins in the early sixteenth-century with the great Tudor courts and continues through to contemporary displays, which reflect the diversity, inventiveness and multi-culturalism of modern day Britain.

Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse programme of exhibitions and events and a stunning rooftop restaurant and bar with spectacular views across the London skyline.

The Gallery offers many ways to ‘take another look’ at the people and artists in our Collection click on the links above to find out more.

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Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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