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.

Advanced Collection search

Shakespeare and his Circle

Past display archive
4 October 2008 - 1 July 2009

Room 4

Free

The literature of the late Elizabethan and Jacobean period, including the works of Shakespeare, is one of England's greatest contributions to world culture. This display celebrates the Gallery's unrivalled collection of literary portraits from this period, including recently acquired paintings of John Donne and John Fletcher, and outstanding images of Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.

Support

Make a donation

Support our Make History appeal and help us transform the Gallery.

Help us make history

Online shop

A unique range of books, accessories and gifts. Every purchase supports the Gallery’s work.

Shop now

Bring a familiar face home

Refresh your home gallery with a huge selection of custom art prints .

Buy a print