National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery, London.

Located in the heart of London, the Gallery was founded in 1856 and was the first portrait gallery of its kind. Its aim was to collect portraits of famous British men and women.

The gallery holds over 195,000 permanent portraits from the 16th Century to the present day as well as welcoming temporary exhibitions. The gallery is interesting in that it selects the paintings for its collection on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist. A popular visitor attraction adjoined to the National Gallery in 2013 it welcomed over two million visitors through its doors.

Wool Cloth

17th Century Galleries

Plain wool repp in two colours for the walling of the 17th Century Galleries.

Humphries Weaving produced two different colourways for walling in the 17th Century Galleries at the National Portrait Gallery. Both weavings were wool plain repp, one in tan and the other in grey/blue.

The National Portrait Gallery has been expanded twice since its move in 1896 where it is now adjacent to the National Gallery. The 17th Century Galleries are made up of a series of connecting rooms on the 2nd floor of the gallery. These are adjacent to the Tudor Galleries.

Project reference: 1651/63