First opened in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery has been located close to Trafalgar Square since 1896. This top portrait gallery in the world showcases all forms of representations, from drawings, paintings, cartoons, and photographs to sculptures.
The institution presents an impressive collection of 200,000 historical and contemporary portraits, with representations of living persons being authorized as of 1969. Each portrait was chosen not for the merits of the artist, but for the quality of its subject. Expect to see the faces of the most iconic British personalities: William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and Queen Victoria, as well as rocker Sir Mick Jagger. Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was inducted in 2013.
In addition, the National Portrait Gallery hosts exhibitions like the one dedicated to Audrey Hepburn, a huge success. Soon, Vogue magazine will have a retrospective to mark the 100th anniversary of its British edition.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
+44 (0)20 7306 0055