Dates are subject to change
1 August - 31 August 2014
August 2014 marks fifty years since the death of writer Ian Fleming (1908–64), renowned for his best-selling spy novels centred on the fictional exploits of James Bond, the Secret Intelligence Service officer also known by his code name ‘007’.
12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
Room 1, 2 and 3
This special display, focusing on the portraiture of the Tudor monarchs, will allow visitors to rediscover these well-known kings and queens through the most complete presentation of their images staged to date.
4 March - 26 August 2014
This display will bring together a selection of the Gallery’s copies of Holbein’s portraits, all of which have undergone technical analysis as part of the Making Art in Tudor Britain project.
10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Recent investigation has revealed what may be a hidden portrait of the Parliamentarian commander Oliver Cromwell beneath a portrait of the army officer Sir Arthur Hesilrige.
18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Throughout British history, the reigning monarch has operated a system of favouritism by which loyalty, support and achievement have been rewarded with privileges, titles and membership of exclusive groups. This system has been central to the hierarchy of traditional British society and has helped to protect the monarch and assert the crown’s authority.
1 April - 23 November 2014
The second Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa marked a turning point in attitudes towards the British Empire and informed British military strategy in the lead up to the First World War. This display will explore this controversial war via the stories of the campaign’s central protagonists.
14 July 2014 - 30 March 2015
Room 24: case display
This display focuses on the eminent Victorian historian and literary figure, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881). Carlyle established his reputation through the major works Sartor Resartus (1833-34), The French Revolution (1837) and Frederick the Great (1858-65), as well as shorter books and essays such as his collection Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850).
12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.
13 May - 16 November 2014
Room 28: case display
The father of the children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Rupert Potter (1832–1914) was a lawyer and a keen amateur photographer.
4 March - 16 November 2014
Room 29: case display
A focus on the work of Sir Bernard Partridge (1861-1945) before he became a cartoonist for Punch. The display showcases a set of portrait studies of key figures from the late-Victorian arts scene: the actress Ellen Terry, the artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler and novelist, Hall Caine.
1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
This display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery. It also includes original documents from the Gallery’s archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bureau in 1914.
1 July 2014 - 15 February 2015
Room 31: case display
This display will cast a spotlight on the stars of the music halls, musical revues and comedies who kept the public entertained during the First World War. Their performances were diverting, comforting, occasionally critical, and their songs have since become an evocative part of public remembrance of the conflict.
25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Sponsored by Coutts
Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry turns his attention to portraiture and British identity for this display of new works, including a self-portrait and a tapestry, made during his Channel 4 series Who Are You?
10 May - 12 October 2014
Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers has not been seen for several decades. However, following a recent successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, the present display returns this important painting to public view.
5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
This display offers the opportunity to view rarely-seen portraits by Smith showing the author Roald Dahl and the British film star Jean Simmons, which are on long-term loan to the Gallery. In addition, Smith’s portrait of the writer and artist Angelica Garnett, recently acquired by the Gallery, will be displayed here for the first time.
26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
This display celebrates a major gift of photographs from Lord Snowdon to the Gallery in 2013, and coincides with a new monograph published by Rizzoli.
19 June - 21 September 2014
Rooms 37 and 37a
Creative Connections is a four-year project connecting young people with contemporary artists to create a series of new artworks inspired by the Gallery’s Collection.
The spotlight for year two has been the London Borough of Ealing. Together artist film maker Eelyn Lee and young people from the Gallery’s partner school, Brentside High, have created An Ealing Trilogy; a video installation. The installation will be shown alongside the Gallery Collection in this display.
17 June - 23 November 2014
Rooms 41 and 41a
A display of recent portraits by the British artist Catherine Goodman, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2002, opens to coincide with this annual exhibition. Goodman’s expressive portraits of family and friends are not only likenesses but offer a powerful insight into the interior world of both artist and sitter.