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Photograph of the Month

Photograph of the Month

1 October - 31 October 2014
Room 31
Free

October 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the poet Dylan Thomas (1914-53) in Swansea. The photographs in this display are drawn from a portfolio of work by Rollie McKenna (1918-2003), one of the most important photographers of American and British modern poets.
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered

12 September 2014 - 1 March 2015
Room 1, 2 and 3
Free

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.
Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

Hidden: An unseen portrait of Oliver Cromwell

10 July 2014 - 19 October 2015
Room 5
Free

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.

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

Favourites: Art and Power, 1600-1800

18 July 2014 - 1 September 2015
Room 16
Free

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.

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

‘No end of a lesson’: The Boer War, 1899-1902

1 April - 23 November 2014
Room 23
Free

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.
Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

Old Titles and New Money: American Heiresses and the British Aristocracy

25 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 23
Free

A focus on the late-nineteenth-century phenomenon of American heiresses marrying into British aristocracy.  The display will explore how women such as Mary Curzon and Jennie Churchill became charismatic leaders of British society.

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

Thomas Carlyle: Historian of Heroes

14 July 2014 - 30 March 2015
Room 24: case display
Free

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). 

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

Painting Parliament: The Fine Arts Commission 1841 – 1863

12 August 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 25: case display
Free

This display focuses on the committee of key Victorian figures appointed to oversee the decoration of the newly-built Houses of Parliament.

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

The World of Rupert Potter: Photographs of Beatrix, Millais and friends

13 May - 16 November 2014
Room 28: case display
Free

The father of the children’s book author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, Rupert Potter (1832–1914) was a lawyer and a keen amateur photographer.

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

18 November 2014 - 1 July 2015
Room 29
Free

This display showcases three self-portrait sketches by one of the most influential art teachers of the twentieth century, Henry Tonks (1862-1937).  The studies were made on the eve of the First World War, while Tonks was a teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Bernard Partridge character sketches

Bernard Partridge character sketches

4 March - 16 November 2014
Room 29: case display
Free

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.
Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

1 July 2014 - 10 May 2015
Room 31
Free

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.
Keep the home fires burning

Keep the home fires burning

1 July 2014 - 15 February 2015
Room 31: case display
Free

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.

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

25 October 2014 - 15 March 2015
Room 32
Free

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?

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson

5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015
Room 33
Free

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.
Snowdon: A Life in View

Snowdon: A Life in View

26 September 2014 - 21 June 2015
Rooms 37 and 37a
Free

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.

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

17 June - 23 November 2014
Rooms 41 and 41a
Free

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.