Expand Keywording Feature Enhances National Portrait Gallery Image Licensing Website

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Above keyword terms from left to right: Birdcage, Moustache, Pug Above images from left to right: Winifred Radford by Meredith Frampton, Louis Napoleon Parker by Harry Furnissby, Dorothy Brett; Aldous Huxley with Lady Ottoline Morrell’s pug Soie by Lady Ottoline Morrell. All images © National Portrait Gallery, London


The National Portrait Gallery has enhanced the keywording feature on its licensing website so the Collection can now be searched using one or more key words. The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection includes more than 330,000 portraits, from the 16th Century to the present day in a wide variety of different mediums. These include drawings, negatives, paintings, photographs, prints, silhouettes, caricatures and many more. Licensees can now benefit from this improved search method to find images by artist, medium, sitter, date, occupation or keyword. To try this feature go to npgimages.com and locate the ‘keywords’ search box within advanced search. Over 100,000 images have been keyworded and are available to search online, with more continually being added.

The Gallery worked with its technology partner Capture to deliver this detailed keywording. Capture provides technology and services to many cultural institutions and has hosted the Gallery’s licensing website since 2010. Capture’s Managed Services department worked with expert freelancers to deliver this search feature.