News Release: PORTRAITS OF THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE FROM BRITISH VOGUE CENTENARY ISSUE ACQUIRED AND DISPLAYED BY THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

Friday 11 May 2016 

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired, as a gift from the photographer Josh Olins, five of the photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue as a collaboration between the magazine, the National Portrait Gallery and The Duchess, it was announced today, Monday 20 June 2016. Three of the portraits will go on display at the Gallery on Tuesday 21 June 2016 and will be on view until Wed 27 July 2016.

The portraits by British photographer Josh Olins were shot in the Norfolk countryside as part of a portfolio of seven images commissioned for British Vogue, two of which were also displayed for a limited period in the Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, which, with 152,290 visitors, was one of the most successful exhibitions in the Gallery’s history.  

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, one of the first patronages taken on after her marriage to HRH The Prince William, recognising her interest in photography and portraiture.

British Vogue’s centenary June issue adds to their record of royal portraiture with the work of Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Lord Snowdon, Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino.

Two of the portraits of The Duchess by Josh Olins can also be seen in the exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style which tours to Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June until 30 October 2016.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge by Josh Olins

Main Hall, National Portrait Gallery Tuesday 21 June-Wednesday 27 July 2016, Admission free.

Acquired Portraits on display:

NPG P2015:  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
By Josh Olins, January 2016
Digital c-type prints, visible image measurements 762 x 584 mm
Photographed in Norfolk for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue
Acquired by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London
Also on show in Vogue 100: A Century of Style in Manchester Art Gallery, June 24 – 30 October 2016

NPG P2016:  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
By Josh Olins, January 2016
Black & White silver gelatin type LE/Selenium print, visible image measurements 762 x 584 mm
Photographed in Norfolk for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue
Acquired by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London  

NPG P2018:  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge Duchess with Lupo
By Josh Olins,  January 2016
Digital c-type prints, visible image measurements 762 x 584 mm
Photographed in Norfolk for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue
Acquired by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London  

Other acquired portraits:

NPG P2014:  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
By Josh Olins, January 2016
Black & White silver gelatin type LE/Selenium print, visible image measurements 762 x 584 mm
Photographed in Norfolk for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue
Acquired by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London 
On show in Vogue 100: A Century of Style Manchester Art Gallery, June 24 – 30 October 2016

NPG P2017:  HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
By Josh Olins, January 2016
Digital c-type prints, visible image measurements 762 x 584 mm
Photographed in Norfolk for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue
Acquired by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London  

IMAGE CAPTIONS HRH The Duchess of Cambridge by Josh Olins, 2016  

For further Press information and image requests please contact:

Neil Evans, Media Relations Manager, National Portrait Gallery Tel: 020 7312 2452 or 07790 428638 (not for publication) Email: nevans@npg.org.uk To download Press images visit: npg.org.uk/press

For further information regarding British Vogue please contact:

Nicky Eaton or Richard Pickard on nicky.eaton@condenast.co.uk  / Richard.pickard@condenast.co.uk  or call 020

7152 3377/ 07771 758915/ 020 7152 3474

For Royal Communications please contact:

Charlotte Pool on charlotte.pool@royal.gsx.gov.uk  or call 020 7930 4832 / 07467 147507

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NOTES TO EDITORS

British Vogue  

In 2016, Vogue is celebrating 100 years as the undisputed fashion bible in Britain. Vogue is the cultural barometer placing fashion in the context of the larger world we live in – how we dress, entertain, what we eat, listen to, watch; who leads us, excites us and inspires us. From its beginnings to today, three central principles have set Vogue apart: a commitment to visual genius, an investment in storytelling, and a selective, optimistic editorial eye. Vogue has a combined print and digital circulation of 195,010 (ABC July to Dec 2015); readership is 1,327,000 (NRS Jul-Dec 2015); and unique users to the website total 2,354,570 (Google analytics Jan-March 2016). In addition to the print and digital edition and the website including Vogue Video, the media brand holds an annual Vogue Festival in central London.

National Portrait Gallery, London

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London, is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’. The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. With over 1000 portraits on display across three floors, from Elizabeth I to David Beckham, the Gallery has something for everyone. Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of portraiture in all forms. www.npg.org.uk

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