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.

Calendar

Displays (8)

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets

8 December 2018 - 31 May 2020
Room 3, Floor 2
Free

This small display examines the Tudor construction of Plantagenet portraits and their legacy in the popular imagination.


Find out more
Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice

26 July 2019 - 1 March 2020
Room 18, Floor 2
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a tragic event which is part of the unfolding story of the development of civil rights and democracy.


Find out more
Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years

5 March - 1 September 2019
Room 21, Floor 1
Free

The portraits of Victoria in this temporary display, including rarely-displayed sketches and watercolours, represent the queen at different moments during her long reign.


Find out more
Portraying George Eliot

Portraying George Eliot

16 January - 8 December 2019
Room 25, Floor 1
Free

This display marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Eliot (1819–80), one of Britain’s most renowned novelists.


Find out more
Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now

20 October 2018 - 29 September 2019
Room 29, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates recently acquired portraits by contemporary artists, whose work builds on early photographic processes.


Find out more
Indian Nobility in Britain

Indian Nobility in Britain

6 April - 15 December 2019
Room 31 showcase, Floor 1
Free

This display celebrates the interlinked history between India and Britain in the early years of the twentieth century.


Find out more
Luminary Drawings Portraits of Film Directors by Nina Mae Fowler

Luminary Drawings Portraits of Film Directors by Nina Mae Fowler

12 April - 1 October 2019
Room 32, Floor 1
Free

This display unveils a major new commission of portrait drawings of leading film directors by the artist Nina Mae Fowler (b.1981).


Find out more
John Stezaker: Portrait

John Stezaker: Portrait

11 May - 1 September 2019
Rooms 15 and 16, Floor 2
Free

This display includes new and other previously unseen collages by Stezaker, and features a specially produced film, Marriage (2018).


Find out more