National Portrait Gallery

St. Martin's Place. (Open Map)


The first portrait gallery in the world

When it opened in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery was the first of its kind in the world. Since 1896 the Gallery is headquartered at St Martin's Place, off Trafalgar Square, adjoining the National Gallery. It features a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.

One of the best-known portraits featured by the National Portrait Gallery is the Chandos, a portrait of William Shakespeare although there is some uncertainty as to if the painting actually depicts the artist.