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About the National Portrait Gallery

The gallery houses portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist.

The collection includes photographs and caricatures as well as paintings, drawings and sculpture.

One of its best-known images is the Chandos portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

National Portrait Gallery,
St Martin's Place,
London,
WC2H 0HE

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to National Portrait Gallery

The nearest station is London Charing Cross which is 0.1 miles away.


National Portrait Gallery - Latest News

National Portrait Gallery to close for 3 years
National Portrait Gallery to close for 3 years

A part of a major rebuilding project, the National Portrait Gallery has announced that it will be closing for three years, from the end of June 2020.

 

Recent exhibitions

The BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13
The major exhibition brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, many visiting the UK for the first time.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13
Cindy Sherman
A major new retrospective of works by leading contemporary artist Cindy Sherman.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13
Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
Created in close collaboration with the artist, Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels, explores the development of Peyton’s unique art from the 1990s to the present day.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
This exhibition explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years.
2021-05-13
2021-05-13

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