The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is an art gallery in London housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.
The National Portrait Gallery is adjoining the National Gallery. The National Portrait Gallery also has regional outposts at Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire and Montacute House in Somerset. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh and The National Portrait Gallery are not linked.
The National Portrait Gallery is home to portraits of historically important and famous British people, selected on the basis of the significance of the sitter, not that of the artist. The collection isn’t just paintings, drawings and sculptures but includes photographs and caricatures as well.
One of the most famous images the gallery has is the Chandos Portrait, the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare. However there is some uncertainty about whether the painting actually is of the playwright!