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

Only Connect - T.S. Eliot <> Sir Michael Tippett

How are these sitters connected?

T.S. Eliot
by Patrick Heron
1949
NPG 4467

The connection:

Michael Tippett described T. S. Eliot as his ‘spiritual father’. At their last meeting, Tippett teased him for the prose style of his play, The Family Reunion.

Find out more about Eliot connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Explore other Eliot connections


Return to panoramic view

Installation Video

Do, draw and make!

Do, draw and make!

From building dens to food faces – enjoy our Playful Portraits activities and find out about some brilliant people!

Get Creative

Healthcare Heroes

Activities for children and families inspired by three healthcare heroes from our Collection.

Learn together

Learning resources

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

Get learning