National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
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The famous faces of Britain are preserved in the National Portrait Gallery, situated in a grand building in St Martin's Place, just off Trafalgar Square in central London. The collection was first opened in 1856, when it became the first portrait gallery in the world, and it has been growing ever since, with the constant addition of canvasses, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Although noted artists are represented, the portraits on display are chosen for the significance of their subjects, rather than artistic merit. Amongst the highlights are the Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, Patrick Bramwell Bronte's portrait of his renowned literary sisters, a self-portrait by William Hogarth, and - a recent addition - an oil depicting the Princes William and Harry, by Nicky Philipps. The Gallery opens daily from 10am to 6pm, 9pm on Thursday and Friday, and is just a short walk from Charing Cross, Leicester Square and Embankment Underground stations.

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