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.

Tudor Miniatures

Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh)
by Nicholas Hilliard
circa 1585
NPG 4106



From 6 November 2004
Room 3 - Tudor Galleries
Admission free

New displays in the miniatures gallery include early coins and medals on loan from the British Museum and a range of miniatures and larger scale cabinet portraits from the Gallery's collections. To improve access to this unique but fragile material, more of the collection is on display on a rotating basis. An Elizabethan face pattern is used to explore the question of how Tudor portraits were created and produced.