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.


Mary Fisher by John Constable,1816 - © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Mary Fisher
by John Constable,1816
© The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

All events are free except where indicated.


Thursday 12 March, 13.15
Constable Portraits: The Painter and His Circle
Exhibition co-curator, Martin Gayford
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Exhibition Tours

Thursday 9 April, 19.00
British Sign Language and Lip-speakers event
Marc Woodhead

Thursday 14 May, 19.00
Lucinda Hawksley

Free but tour tickets required and available on the day from 17.00 on a first come, first served basis in addition to buying a timed exhibition ticket.

Families & Young People

Monday 25 – Friday 29 May, 11.30 and 14.30
Family Art Workshops - Regency Riot

Discover the secrets of Regency Society and create your own art work. Free ticket required and available one hour before the event starts from the Information Desk in the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall. For ages 5+.

Sunday 3 May, 13.00 – 16.00
Sunday Session - Head to Head

Compare and contrast painted people in the Gallery’s current exhibitions. Work from your own photograph of a person to make a painting. For ages 14 – 21 years. Advance booking essential call 020 7312 2483 or email [email protected]


Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May, 18.00 – 20.30
Saturday 30 May, 10.00 – 17.00
Constable Portraits Workshop

One day, or two evening, workshop focusing on the painted oil portrait. Constable’s portraits (exhibition entrance included) will provide the basis for tutorials. Beginner to intermediate, materials provided.
Tickets £50/£40 concessions and Gallery supporters


Friday 15 May or Saturday 16 May, 10.30–15.30
Constable’s Hampstead

Explore the beautiful eighteenth-century streets that Constable knew well. Talk and exhibition visit, followed by 90 minute walk in Hampstead (travel not included). Led by Blue Badge Guide Owen Joseph.
Tickets: £19/£14 concessions and Gallery supporters