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The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. This criterion is still used by the Gallery today when deciding which works enter the National Portrait Gallery's collection.
Originally, it was decided by the Trustees that "No portrait of any person still living, or deceased less that 10 years, shall be admitted by purchase, donation, or bequest, except only in the case of the reigning Sovereign, and of his or her Consort". This rule changed in 1969 in order to encourage a policy of admitting living sitters.

The National Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
England, UK

The National Portrait Gallery Opening Times:      
Daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Late night opening Thursday and Friday until 9.00 pm
Closing commences 10 minutes prior to the stated time
The Gallery is closed 24-26 December

The National Portrait Gallery Admission:            

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