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.

Today at the Gallery

Today at the Gallery

Today at the Gallery

Exhibitions

Cindy Sherman
BP Portrait Award 2019

Displays

'This sceptred isle': Shakespeare and the Plantagenets
Peterloo 1819: Democracy, Protest and Justice
Celebrating Queen Victoria: 200 Years
Portraying George Eliot
Photography: A Living Art - Then and Now
Indian Nobility in Britain
John Stezaker: Portrait

Events

Portrait of the Day
Family workshop: Design your own doll
Family workshop: Design your own doll
Family Activity Base

Person of the day

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On this day, 20 August, in 1949

Philip ('Phil') Lynott

(1949-1986) Musician; lead singer for Thin Lizzy

Was born in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England

Historical event of the day

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On this day, 20 August, in 1667

John Milton's Paradise Lost was published