National Portrait Gallery

 
 
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St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
 
 
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Last admission is 45 mins before the Gallery closes.
 
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National Portrait GalleryThe 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. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

Best for: Accessible art, portraits and posing, Shakespeare and showbiz.

 

National Portrait Gallery events

 
The Drawing RoomThe Drawing RoomA chance for disabled visitors to drop in and draw.2015-03-30T13:00:00+01002015-05-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventNow On
The Drawing Room
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsWellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsWellington: Triumphs, Politics and PassionsLast year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The National Portrait Gallery marks the event with Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12th March until 7th June), the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, including the largest portrait in the NPG's collection, a2015-03-30T10:00:00+01002015-06-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOngoing

event > Exhibitions | PRICING  Free  
DATES  12th March to 7th June 2015
Last year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The National Portrait Gallery marks the event with Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12th March until 7th June), the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, including the largest portrait in the NPG's collection, a... More about this event
 
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsSargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsSargent: Portraits of Artists and FriendsThe National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February to 25th May) features intimate portraits of contemporaries such as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the 70 works assembled here show him to be the greatest portraitist of his generation.2015-03-30T10:00:00+01002015-05-25T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Ongoing

event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Painting
DATES  12th February to 25th May 2015
The National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February to 25th May) features intimate portraits of contemporaries such as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the 70 works assembled here show him to be the greatest portraitist of his generation.... More about this event
 
Ben OsborneBen OsborneDJ Ben Osborne plays classic techno, punk-funk, galactic house and disco.2015-04-02T18:00:00+01002015-04-02T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Ben Osborne
Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The TiffiniansLive Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The TiffiniansA cappella collective from Tiffin School perform a selection of popular classics.2015-04-03T18:30:00+01002015-04-03T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The Tiffinians
Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting The SceneEaster Holiday Family Activities Setting The SceneA week of family activities exploring how artists use props and sets to create scenes in portraits.2015-04-06T11:00:00+01002015-04-10T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting The Scene
Eddie OtchereEddie OtchereThe resident DJ blends rare grooves with popular classics.2015-04-09T18:00:00+01002015-05-07T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Eddie Otchere
Live Music: Maz O' Connor: Singing PortraitsLive Music: Maz O' Connor: Singing PortraitsFolk singer-songwriter performs a selection of songs inspired by portraits of women in the Gallery's Collection.2015-04-10T18:30:00+01002015-04-10T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Live Music: Maz O' Connor: Singing Portraits
Weekend Workshop: Portraits Of PowerWeekend Workshop: Portraits Of PowerPhotographer Giles Price analyses depictions of the instinctive qualities of leadership.2015-04-11T11:00:00+01002015-04-12T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
Category: event
On Soon
Weekend Workshop: Portraits Of Power
Three Day Workshop: Drawn In The FrameThree Day Workshop: Drawn In The FrameDiscover the art of animation with professional animators.2015-04-14T11:00:00+01002015-04-16T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Portrait Gallery,   St Martin's Place      WC2H 0HE
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Free EventOn Soon
Three Day Workshop: Drawn In The Frame
 

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Opening and closing times for National Portrait Gallery

Today (Monday) National Portrait Gallery closes at 18.00

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    Exhibitions | Until 31st May 2015 

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