The National Portrait Gallery



2015-06-26 10:52:45

The National Portrait Gallery is a British art museum situated in London, UK.

The gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was opened in 1896. It’s exhibits feature portraits of the most famous people in British history.


The gallery’s collection comprises 160,000 portraits from the 16th century to the present day.

Documents archive

This includes notes by artists and letters to and from sitters from the 17th Century to the present day relating to portraits within the Collection.

Photographs collection

More than 220,000 original photographic images make up the Photographs Collection, of which at least 130,000 are original negatives.


Exhibitions held in the gallery comprise a range of styles and eras. These have included:

  • Faces of the Century (which ran from 22 October 1999 - 30 January 2000)
  • Beatles to Bowie: the 60s exposed (15 October - 24 January 2010)
  • Gay Icons (2 July - 18 October 2009)

Key people

These include:

  • Sandy Nairne, Director
  • Helen Hillman, Manager, Director's Office
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