About Us


The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection includes more than 330,000 portraits and the Rights & Images team handles requests for reproduction. Images can be licensed for commercial reproduction via this website, or by contacting the Rights & Images team directly at: rightsandimages@npg.org.uk.

All revenue raised by our licensing activities goes back to the Gallery, to allow it to continue making the Collection freely available to view in London, and on the website, and to support the curatorial, academic, educational work as well as to help conserve and maintain the original portraits.

If you are working on an academic or non-commercial project, it may qualify for one of our free licences, so you need to go to the main National Portrait Gallery website at: http://www.npg.org.uk/collections.php . Find the image you want, click the 'use this image' link and choose the appropriate licence option. The criteria for our free Academic Licence can be found here. We also offer a number of low-resolution images under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

The National Portrait Gallery Intellectual Property Rights ('IPR') Policy is available here