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.

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National and International Programmes

COMING HOME

This exciting project sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.

National exhibitions

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions
COMING HOME: Samuel Johnson
COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf
COMING HOME: William Wilberforce
COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson
COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge
BP Portrait Award 2019
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

International exhibitions

Michael Jackson: On the Wall
Cindy Sherman
David Hockney: Drawing from Life

About National Programmes

The Gallery is committed to making the national collection of British portraits available around the country through an active national programme of events, partnerships and loaned works.

Montacute House

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People, Portraits and Places

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