LONDON | The National Portrait Gallery opened in 1856 and was the world’s first gallery to deal exclusively in portraits. The gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, with artworks being selected based on the subject of the painting rather than the artist.
The collection includes paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos, and features a wide range of subjects from fields as diverse as royalty, politics, literature, film, and music. As well as the permanent collection, the gallery exhibits a changing selection of contemporary works, and exhibitions of portrait art by individual artists.
In mid 2017 plans were announced to refurbish the gallery and convert office space into gallery space, expanding the size of the gallery by 20%. This is the first time that the entire collection of the gallery will be redisplayed in the gallery’s history.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
London WC2H 0HE
Telephone: 020 7306 0055