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.

Making History: Printed Portraiture in Tudor and Stuart Britain

Thomas Cavendish
by Jodocus Hondius
circa 1590-1592
NPG 6677

Past display archive
7 July - 9 December 2007

Room 16

Free

Before the age of photography, portrait engravings published as book illustrations created a market for images of celebrated individuals. This display features some of the earliest of the Gallery's portrait prints produced in England and examines how they tell a visual history. It will explore how naval heroes such as Francis Drake and traitors such as the gunpowder plotters became national figures.