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Portraits overview

Wimbledon has been one of the places to live in the environs of London since the middle of the 18th century - attracting noble families, leading politicians and socialites amongst others.

The museum has a fascinating collection of over 350 portraits of the great, the good and, indeed, the evil. Please browse through our catalogue or use the search facility to display the portraits of some of the many individuals who have been associated with Wimbledon over the centuries including statesmen, military figures, aristocrats, politicians, philanthropists, landowners, authors, merchants and highwaymen.

The images are generally held in the form of photographic prints, and are best regarded as copies rather than originals as in most cases the museum does not hold the original negative. Indeed for individuals who pre-dated the camera the images are derived from photographs of painted portraits.

Through these portraits, history really comes alive so we invite you to meet the people who have made Wimbledon what it is today.

Collection enquiries and research

We are very happy to welcome members of the public who wish to consult our collections for research. Please contact us in advance to arrange an appointment at a time when the Museum is not open to the public.

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