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The National Portrait Gallery is a charity and home to the world’s largest collection of portraits from the Middle Ages to the present day. Our Collection provides inspiration, learning and enjoyment to more than 1.5 million visitors onsite and 5 million visitors online, each year. The Gallery must self-generate 70% of the funds it needs to remain open and accessible to all. With your support, we can plan for the future with confidence, and continue to share and develop our permanent Collection alongside a world-class programme of exhibitions and events.