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- The National Portrait Gallery, founded in 1856, is home to the largest collection of portraits in the world, with works dating from the Middle Ages to the present day. With over 1,000 portraits on display visitors can come face to face with the people who have shaped British history and culture, from Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens to The Beatles and David Beckham. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. The National Portrait Gallery is embarking on a major redevelopment project, Inspiring People, to transform the Gallery comprising of a comprehensive re-display of the Collection, combined with a significant refurbishment of the building. As such, it will be closed from 29 June 2020 - Spring 2023. For more information, visit www.npg.org.uk.