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Portrait Stories App

Whether you’re at the Gallery, in a cafe or your living room, ‘Portrait Stories’ is a trusty guide to thousands of portraits and people.


  • images of over 1700 portraits from the collection
  • text from over 100 articles about portraits – from Portrait magazine
  • videos of over 50 interviews with artists and subjects
  • browse:
    • everything
    • by gallery – up-to-date information about what’s on display
    • by theme
  • shake to shuffle
  • search by artist, sitter or title of the portrait

Special features for when you visit the National Portrait Gallery in person:

  • nearby mode – display portraits near you
  • recognition mode – access a digital portrait by scanning the real thing

Download Portrait Stories for free from the iTunes store – or visit the Gallery in person to borrow a device.

Technical requirements

Portrait Stories works beautifully on:

  • iPad
  • iPad mini
  • iPhone (from 4s onward)

So that it can serve you the most up-to-date information about the portraits and people in the Gallery, the app depends on an internet connection.

When you visit the Gallery in person, use our wifi – and to take advantage of the app’s ‘nearby’ mode, enable location services and turn on Bluetooth.

We’ll keep developing the app, so if there are features you’d like to see – or problems you encounter – let us know.

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