London - National Portait Gallery
National Portait Gallery London
The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day.
The Primary Collection contains more than 11,000 portraits. Of these about 4,000 are paintings, sculptures and miniatures, approaching 60% of which are regularly displayed, with the intention to show a further selection. In addition, there are almost 7,000 light-sensitive works on paper, shown on a rotating basis of about 300 items a year to avoid excessive light exposure and thus to minimise deterioration and fading. The Gallery also holds a Reference Collection and a Photographs Collection.
The concept of a Primary Collection of paintings, sculpture, miniatures, etc., and a Reference Collection or study collection of prints, was established immediately following the Gallery's foundation in 1856. These collections were later extended to include photographs. The collections fulfil two enduring functions:
to display portraits of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture.
to act as a national focus for the study and understanding of portraits and portraiture.
Entry to the building is free of charge, although there are ticket prices for special exhibitions that go on throughout the year.
Price shown is for coach only.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.