National Portrait Gallery Photos
London Art Galleries
The National Portrait Gallery entrance is around the corner from the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Central London.
The National Portrait Gallery is a calm little space showing portraits of the great and good of British society, with plenty of royalty on view of course.
The BP Portrait Award section (mid June to mid-September) is especially busy for a reason - it's a lot of fun, with good numbers of dramatic, wacky, peculiar or downright amazing entries (sadly no photos permitted).
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The Top Ten portraits in the National Portrait Gallery are widely considered to be:
Queen Elizabeth I; William Shakespeare; The Brontes; The Whitehall Mural (Henrys VII and VIII); Lord Byron; Horatio Nelson; Charles II; Sir Walter Raleigh; Germaine Greer (eh?!); Prince William and Prince Henry.
Here are a few of our photos of the National Portrait Gallery:
A typical mixture of busts and paintings.
Nice to see a comfy sofa conveniently located for a quiet nap.
National Portrait Gallery Opening Hours: 10.00 to 18.00 daily, Fridays 10.00 to 21.00 except 24-26 December and January 1st. Sundays are Family days with different activities aimed at under 5s, 5-11s, kids in general etc.
Address: St Martin's Place (near Trafalgar Square)
London WC2H 0HE
Free to enter though special exhibitions may cost extra (BP Portrait Awards is free).
A newer, less traditional space for more royalty.
Di and Charles, appropriately separated.
Modern portraits, but not the Awards. Next, Tate Britain pictures.
Other London galleries: National Gallery | Tate Modern
Getting to the National Portrait Gallery
Photos of attractions nearby: Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Theatres, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and Horseguards Parade, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Parks
Official Site: National Portrait Gallery
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