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Originally founded in 1856, the stated aim of the National Portrait Gallery is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.

The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world and has a number of collections displayed in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust.

Come and witness the best collection of portraits anywhere in the world!

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