National Portrait Gallery – Image licensing

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About Us

The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive and prestigious collection of portraits in the world, with over 350,000 works. From the much-loved Tudor collection to contemporary photography, the collection focuses on the men and women who have made - and are making - Britain what is it today, from kings, queens, artists and authors, to musicians, actors, scientists and politicians.

We represent and license significant works from other institutions and archives, including the National Trust’s portraiture collection and the Jane Bown archive.


Your purchase supports the Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is a charity and we rely now, more than ever, on the support of the public to self-generate over 70% of the funds needed to sustain our activities. Your purchase will help us to continue our work, which includes conservation and care of the national collection, looking after our historic building, providing free access for all to our portraits and our work with children and young people, including those with disabilities and special educational needs.

Contact Us

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