NPG launches new website with access to 120,000 portraits

By Culture24 Staff | 09 February 2009
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Visitors to the new National Portrait Gallery website now be able to view 120,000 of the gallery’s portraits online and 60,000 will have a new zoom facility.

The site, which has been redeveloped in partnership with digital media company Cogapp, now provides a first class experience for the site’s 16 million visitors a year.

Visitors can now browse the collection in a range of new ways and will be able to zoom in to see the smallest of details.

There is also access to behind the scenes information not normally accessible to the public including the gallery’s private papers and holdings relating tom sitters artists, photographers and portraits.

Sandy Nairne, Director of the NPG, London, said: “The website is a wonderful and critical part of the National Portrait Gallery’s future. This is an excellent step forward.”

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Previously unseen treasures will include the Kit-Kat club account books, G F Watts letters and Dorothy Wilding's studio ledger and sitter books.

And for the first time all the information about a portrait – for example where to see it, where to obtain a print and where to learn more about it. is intuitively interlinked.

With a single click, visitors will be able to see everything that is happening at the gallery and visitors will be able to select material according to their own interests such asd films, youth programmes workshops or family activities.

Rachel Rainbow, Project Manager for Cogapp said: “We have been delighted to build on our existing long-term relationship with the National Portrait Gallery and work with them to deliver a world-class website which puts the needs of their users first and foremost – and places their incredible collection of portraits, front and centre.”

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