Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery in London was established to collect the likenesses of famous British men and women. For persons with a penchant for portraiture, this website will be a welcome addition, and one with enough material to merit a number of extensive visits. Besides information about visiting the Gallery (which is available in several languages, including German and Japanese), visitors will delight in the fact that they can search the entire collection of 50,167 portraits online here. In all fairness, only 28,539 of this total number are illustrated, but that's still quite impressive, as visitors can look at renderings of Samuel Johnson, Henry VIII, and other luminaries. Visitors to the site can also browse the Gallery as if they were there, by selecting any one of the rooms, organized by century. The site is rounded out by a nice selection of special website features, such as the most recent one added to the site, which deals with well-known Britons of the past 100 years.
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