National Portrait Gallery
MONDAY – THURSDAY: 10AM – 6PM
FRIDAY: 10AM – 9PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY: 10AM – 6PM
Facing out towards Covent Garden, the NPG is the world’s oldest gallery dedicated to the art of portraiture, with a collection dating from the 16th century to the present day.
Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. With over 1000 portraits on display across three floors, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, the Gallery has something for everyone.
Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of portraiture in all forms.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: GAINSBOROUGH'S FAMILY ALBUM
Family portraits are a constant presence in modern life. Foreshadowing this, Thomas Gainsborough was the first British artist to make a regular practice of painting and drawing himself and his family members. Comprising of some of his best loved works, this exhibition will explore how these portraits not only expressed his affections but also helped advance his career.
Featuring over fifty works from across the world, some of which have never been on display before, Gainsborough’s Family Album charts his career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune.
ST MARTIN'S PLACE