Guides

A Guide to Twentieth Century Portraits

An introduction to twentieth-century portraits through a fascinating selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs chosen by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust.

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A Guide to Tudor and Jacobean Portraits

Tarnya Cooper discusses key surviving works, including those of Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, Walter Ralegh, Elizabeth I and James I. She explains why portraiture thrived during this period and why, with the declining demand for religious paintings in Northern Europe, emigrant artists such as Hans Holbein the Younger came to England to seek a new market.

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A Guide to Victorian & Edwardian Portraits

An introduction to Victorian and Edwardian portraits selected by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. From the revolutionary ideas of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the mid-nineteenth century to outstanding society portraits of the early twentieth century, this guide encompasses the invention of photography, large narrative paintings and popular prints depicting events, royalty, statesmen, soldiers, scientists, actors and writers.

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A Guide to Contemporary Portraits

An introductory guide to contemporary portraiture through the prism of the National Portrait Gallery, London. The Gallery’s Director and Contemporary Curator discuss key works from the collection and invite readers to consider recent developments in portraiture as well as what is involved in commissioning and making a portrait in the twenty-first century.

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A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery

The new Guide to the National Portrait Gallery provides contextual and thematic information together with interesting and quirky facts and stories behind the portraits.

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