Room by room
Around 1,400 portraits are on display at the Gallery in London throughout the year. The current listing in each room can be accessed through the links by historical period below. Additionally information about portraits on display in temporary displays and exhibitions can be accessed through the events calendar. Information about portraits on display outside the Gallery at our regional partners in Somerset and Yorkshire and as part of long-term or exhibition loans can be found within the Beyond the Gallery section of this website.
Tudor and Elizabethan
Top floor galleries covering early English kings, and the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, from 1485 to 1603.
Stuart and Civil War
Top floor galleries covering the Stuart period from 1603 to 1714, punctuated by the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate.
Top floor galleries covering the Hanoverian age from 1714 with the reigns of King George I, King George II and King George III.
Room 9: The Kit-cat Club Room 10: The Arts in the early 18th century Room 11: Royalty and Religion in the 18th century Room 12: The Arts in the later 18th century Room 13: Science and Industry in the 18th century Room 14: Britain becomes a World Power Room 15: Edward William Lane
The Weldon Galleries on the top floor encompassing the Regency under King George IV and up to the death of King William IV in 1837.
Victorian and Edwardian
First floor galleries covering the long reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901 and the reign of King Edward VII to 1910.
Room 21: Introduction: Queen Victoria Room 22: Statesmen's Gallery Room 23: Expansion and Empire Room 24: Early Victorian Arts Room 25: Women, politics and domestic life in Victorian Britain Room 26: Room 26: Portraits by G.F. Watts Room 27: Science and Technology Room 28: Late Victorian Arts Room 29: A Century of Photography 1840 - 1940
First floor galleries covering the 20th Century from the onset of the First World War till the end of the 1980s.
The Lerner Galleries area mix contemporary displays and temporary exhibitions and displays.
Room 35: People of Today Room 36: People of Today Room 37: Power Shakers Room 37a: Portraits in Motion Room 37a: Performance Room 38: Cultural Lives Room 38a Nineties to Noughties: Music and Fashion Room 40: People of today Porter Gallery: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018
Check out our Events calendar to discover our Current exhibitions and displays, as well as other activities at the Gallery.
Virtual Gallery rooms
Immerse yourself online using your computer, laptop or mobile and explore a selection of rooms at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Explore the Gallery with the help of clickable floor plans linked to exhibitions, temporary displays and room by room listings of portraits on display.