National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It was arguably the first national public gallery dedicated to portraits in the world when it opened in 1856.[4] The gallery moved in 1896 to its current site at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, and adjoining the National Gallery. It has been expanded twice since then. The National Portrait Gallery also has regional outposts at Beningbrough Hall in Yorkshire and Montacute House in Somerset. It is unconnected to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, with which its remit overlaps. The gallery is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

National Portrait Gallery
The gallery's main entrance
Location within central London
Established1856; 166 years ago (1856)
LocationLondon, WC2
United Kingdom
Coordinates51.5094°N 0.1281°W / 51.5094; -0.1281
Collection size195,000 portraits
Visitors1,619,694 (2019)[1]
DirectorNicholas Cullinan[3]
Public transit access Charing Cross
Charing Cross; Leicester Square; Embankment

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