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National Portrait Gallery

A Grade I Listed Building in St James's, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5095 / 51°30'34"N

Longitude: -0.1282 / 0°7'41"W

OS Eastings: 529995

OS Northings: 180611

OS Grid: TQ299806

Mapcode National: GBR HF.C2

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.QBL5

Entry Name: National Portrait Gallery

Listing Date: 9 January 1970

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066285

English Heritage Legacy ID: 209092

Location: Westminster, London, WC2N

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Martin-in-the-Fields

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ 2980 NE and 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER CHARING CROSS ROAD, WC2
71/107 ;72/120 (West side)

9.1.70 National Portrait Gallery

G.V. I

Public art gallery. 1890-95 by Ewan Christian and J.K. Colling. Portland
stone, slate, lead and glazed roofs. Freely composed Italian Renaissance
design. 2 main storeys, basement and upper top lit galleries. 9 windows
wide north front. The entrance is in short return with projecting lower
pedimented entrance block picturesquely set on stepped angle of corner,
semicircular arched doorway with Royal Arms carved in tympanum; short
pilasters and portrait medallions above. The main north front has
rusticated ground floor with square headed plate glass windows, upper floor
with paired square headed windows, divided by granite shafts with
distinctly Early English capitals, set beneath semicircular arches framing
portrait medallions. String courses, cornice and deep parapet. The
shallow south wing completes the east elevation of the National Gallery
with giant engaged columns to bowed centre and Grecian pilasters to end
pavilions, accounting for Grade I listing. West Duveen wing restrained
ashlar addition of 1933 by the Office of Works. Ornate cast iron area
railings. Interiors altered apart from staircase.

Survey of London; Vol. XX.


Listing NGR: TQ2999580611

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