National Portrait Gallery - Permanent Collection †

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Founded in 1856, the gallery collects portraits of famous British men and women, around 1,400 of which are on display throughout the year in London. There are also temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

About National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery houses portraits of significant figures from the late 15th century to the present day. This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of the National Portrait Gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Sir Richard Branson and JK Rowling all hanging out together? The appeal of this gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 15th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. More about National Portrait Gallery


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National Portrait Gallery events

Cevanne And CrewdsonCevanne And CrewdsonThe collaboration performs folk made from field recordings with a harp, voices and electronic inventions.2016-09-30T18:30:00+01002016-09-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventToday Only
Cevanne And Crewdson
Drop-in DrawingDrop-in DrawingInformal drawing session with artist Gayna Pelham.2016-09-30T18:30:00+01002016-09-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventToday Only
Drop-in Drawing
Life Drawing: Lucian Freud UnseenLife Drawing: Lucian Freud UnseenMarc Woodhead leads this drawing session.2016-09-30T18:30:00+01002016-09-30T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Today Only
Life Drawing: Lucian Freud Unseen
Portrait Of The DayPortrait Of The DayA half-hour talk by a member of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team on a chosen portrait in the collection.2016-09-30T12:30:00+01002016-10-31T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventNow On
Portrait Of The Day
William Eggleston: PortraitsWilliam Eggleston: PortraitsA photographic survey featuring 100 works spanning a career from the 1960s to the present day, celebrating the pioneering American artist, known for his experimental use of colour and his vivid, poetic and mysterious images.2016-09-30T10:00:00+01002016-10-23T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Ongoing
William Eggleston: Portraits
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948Over 40 photographs that reflect the lives and experiences of men and women of African and Asian heritage in 19th and early 20th-century Britain, in the years before the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of Caribbean immigrants to these shores.2016-09-30T10:00:00+01002016-12-11T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948
Lewis Morley: Mammoth PrintsLewis Morley: Mammoth PrintsPortraits of the brilliant, ill-fated playwright Joe Orton, and two portraits of model Christine Keeler, whose suggestive erotic pose straddling a wooden chair became one of the defining images of the 1960s.2016-09-30T10:00:00+01002016-11-20T00:00:00+0000 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing
Lewis Morley: Mammoth Prints
Antony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectAntony Gormley: ObjectA life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October2016-09-30T00:00:00+01002017-09-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Installation†|†PRICINGFree
DATES7th September 2016 to 7th September 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
A life-size cast-iron sculpture by Antony Gormley has been dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing Main Hall of the National Portrait Gallery, visible as you go up the long escalator to the gallery's second floor. The Angel of the North sculptor is the subject of a major exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey and, from 5th October...†More about this event
Young People: Special Sunday Session: In ColourYoung People: Special Sunday Session: In ColourExperiment in colour photography techniques.2016-10-02T13:00:00+01002016-10-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Young People: Special Sunday Session: In Colour
Luc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: GlassesLuc Tuymans: Glasses"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An2016-10-04T00:00:00+01002017-04-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, † St Martin's Place† † † WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting†|†PRICINGFree
DATES4th October 2016 to 2nd April 2017
VENUENational Portrait Gallery
"Glasses bring a kind of distortion to the face," says Antwerp-based artist, Luc Tuymans, whose paintings of spectacle wearing sitters go on display at National Portrait Gallery from autumn 2016. Tuymans, who first came to our attention with his 2004 retrospective at Tate Modern has a larger exhibition of his works at the Museum aan de Stroom in An...†More about this event

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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
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Dance | Until 22nd October 2016 

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Theatre | Until 3rd December 2016 

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