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Portrait of the Day: The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë)

Portrait of the Day: The Brontë Sisters (Anne Brontë; Emily Brontë; Charlotte Brontë)

  • Talks and Lectures

29 April 2017, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Novelists. This is the only surviving group portrait of the three famous novelist sisters. 

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

30 April 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

30 April 2017, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Poet. Born in Oswestry, Owen enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916. He was invalided home in 1917, but returned to the Western Front and won an MC before his death in November 1918. His powerful poems, such as 'Dulce et Decorum Est', are the War's most eloquent expression of disillusionment.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

Portrait of the Day: Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales

  • Talks and Lectures

1 May 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

Charlotte was also the only child and legitimate heir to the throne to be borne of the ill-fated marriage between George IV and Caroline of Brunswick

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

  • Talks and Lectures

2 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Monday 14 June 1965. This day showed McCartney’s vocal diversity, and stylistic talent which he brought to The Beatles.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

  • Talks and Lectures

3 May 2017, 12:30
Room 12
Free

The Chevalier d'Eon was a French soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing demonstrator who lived as a woman from 1777. D'Eon first came to London in 1763 to negotiate the end of the Seven Years War.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

4 May 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Invention of Angela Carter

Lunchtime Lecture: The Invention of Angela Carter

4 May 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Biographer Edmund Gordon looks at the life and work of Angela Carter, widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century.

 

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

In Conversation: Queer Perspectives

A part of Late Shift
4 May 2017, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free ticket required. Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Resident artist Sadie Lee is joined by her special guest, author Alan Hollinghurst, as they discuss works in the Gallery’s Collection which have a personal resonance.

Portrait of the Day: John Donne

Portrait of the Day: John Donne

  • Talks and Lectures

5 May 2017, 12:30
Room 4
Free

Originally trained as a lawyer, the poet and cleric Donne, is best known for the passionate and witty metaphysical love poems he wrote in his youth, which include, The Bait and The Flea.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Portrait of the Day: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

  • Talks and Lectures

6 May 2017, 12:30
Room 20
Free

The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who achieved peace in Europe when he led the campaign to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

7 May 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

Anne is one of the most famous queens in English history, although her reign only lasted for three years, she helped to change the course of history.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

  • Talks and Lectures

8 May 2017, 12:30
Room 7
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Sir Henry Lee

Portrait of the Day: Sir Henry Lee

  • Talks and Lectures

9 May 2017, 12:30
Room 2
Free

A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was the first person to hold the office of Queen's Champion, which he resigned in 1590.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

  • Talks and Lectures

10 May 2017, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Lord Chief Justice, 1756-88. Known for his eloquence, he was a firm opponent of Chatham and upheld the absolute dominion of Great Britain over the colonies.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

Portrait of the Day: Horatio Nelson

  • Talks and Lectures

11 May 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

Nelson's victories during the wars with France gripped the popular imagination, making him the most enduring of British heroes.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

In Conversation: Masked/Unmasked

In Conversation: Masked/Unmasked

A part of Late Shift
11 May 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Novelist and cultural critic Diran Adebayo, poet and novelist John Burnside, novelist Jay Griffiths and international teacher and director of theatre John Wright discuss how masks can both hide and reveal. This event will be British Sign Language interpreted.

 

Portrait of the Day: King Henry VIII

Portrait of the Day: King Henry VIII

  • Talks and Lectures

12 May 2017, 12:30
Room 1
Free

One of the most popular and powerful kings of England. A part of his popularity was due to his numerous marriages.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

13 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

Portrait of the Day: William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield

  • Talks and Lectures

14 May 2017, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Lord Chief Justice, 1756-88. Known for his eloquence, he was a firm opponent of Chatham and upheld the absolute dominion of Great Britain over the colonies.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

  • Talks and Lectures

15 May 2017, 12:30
Room 12
Free

The Chevalier d'Eon was a French soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing demonstrator who lived as a woman from 1777. D'Eon first came to London in 1763 to negotiate the end of the Seven Years War.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

16 May 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Jenny Lind

Portrait of the Day: Jenny Lind

  • Talks and Lectures

17 May 2017, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Singer; born and trained in Sweden; her exquisite voice, allied with rare qualities of character, aroused intense enthusiasm in British audiences, following her debut in 1847.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

Portrait of the Day: Pocahontas & John Smith

  • Talks and Lectures

18 May 2017, 12:30
Room 6
Free

Join us today to learn of the story which has been made famous through various depictions, including the Disney animated film. Pocahontas’ myth and legend live on. Today we will explore Pocahontas’ life and legacy, and death in England 400 years ago.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Lunchtime Lecture: The Lives of Tudor Women

Lunchtime Lecture: The Lives of Tudor Women

18 May 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian and author Elizabeth Norton explores the seven ages of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, painting a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones.

 

Gallery Tour: Photo London: A Century of Photography

Gallery Tour: Photo London: A Century of Photography

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
18 May 2017, 18:00
Meet in Room 29, Floor 1
Free

Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, leads this tour of A Century of Photography, 1840-1940 which features works by internationally renowned makers such as Edward Weston, Frederick Evans, Cecil Beaton and Madame Yevonde.

In Conversation: Photo London: Newsha Tavakolian

In Conversation: Photo London: Newsha Tavakolian

A part of Late Shift
18 May 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographer Newsha Tavakolian (born 1981, Tehran) talks about her life and work with curator, writer and critic Vali Mahlouji. In partnership with Photo London.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

19 May 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Gallery Tour: Photo London: Before we were Men

Gallery Tour: Photo London: Before we were Men

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
19 May 2017, 18:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Photographer David Gwinnutt leads a tour of his display which chronicles the 1980s London art and club scene of Leigh Bowery, Derek Jarman, Ossie Clark and Gilbert and George. Gwinnutt photographed directors, writers, designers and artists who together formed a vibrant and influential underground gay culture. 

In Conversation: Photo London: William Klein

In Conversation: Photo London: William Klein

A part of Late Shift
19 May 2017, 19:00
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The acclaimed painter, photographer and filmmaker William Klein talks to writer, curator and artist David Campany about his life and work over the last sixty five years. Newly revealed fashion works from the 1960s will be shown and discussed, along with unseen images taken in London and the UK. 

In partnership with Photo London.

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

20 May 2017, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Poet. Born in Oswestry, Owen enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

In Conversation: Photo London: Gregory Crewdson

In Conversation: Photo London: Gregory Crewdson

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
20 May 2017, 16:00

Due to unforeseen circumstances Gregory Crewdson is unable to attend, so unfortunately the event has been cancelled. The Gallery apologises for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

Portrait of the Day: Alexander McQueen; Isabella Blow

  • Talks and Lectures

21 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Join us today to find out more about these three revolutionary artists and fanatics of fashion. They explored the boundaries between art, fashion, and theatricals. Together we will discover the ties that bind them together.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Sir Henry Lee

Portrait of the Day: Sir Henry Lee

  • Talks and Lectures

22 May 2017, 12:30
Room 2
Free

A favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. He was the first person to hold the office of Queen's Champion, which he resigned in 1590.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

Portrait of the Day: Chevalier d'Eon

  • Talks and Lectures

23 May 2017, 12:30
Room 12
Free

The Chevalier d'Eon was a French soldier, diplomat, spy and fencing demonstrator who lived as a woman from 1777. D'Eon first came to London in 1763 to negotiate the end of the Seven Years War.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Mary Anne Clarke

Portrait of the Day: Mary Anne Clarke

  • Talks and Lectures

24 May 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

Portrait of the Day: Michael Faraday

  • Talks and Lectures

25 May 2017, 12:30
Room 27
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Visualising Portraits: Akram Zaatari

Visualising Portraits: Akram Zaatari

25 May 2017, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Discover Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari’s selection from photographer Hashem el Madani’s archive from 1950s Lebanon.

Performance: A Search For Perfection - Alexander Pope

Performance: A Search For Perfection - Alexander Pope

A part of Late Shift
25 May 2017, 19:00
Please check signage on the day
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Award winning blind storyteller Giles Abbott weaves the complexities of celebrated poet and savage satirist Alexander Pope’s life into a story of his art, his ambitions, his feuds with friends and literary rivals, exploring the conflicts both around and within this extraordinary man.

In partnership with Pope’s Grotto Preservation Trust.

BSL Gallery Tour: Speak its Name!

BSL Gallery Tour: Speak its Name!

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures||LGBTQI
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
25 May 2017, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

John Wilson leads a tour of a display which features portraits accompanied by quotations from the sitters discussing their own experience of ‘coming out’. Led in BSL.

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

Portrait of the Day: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

  • Talks and Lectures

26 May 2017, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A woman of tact and discretion, Mrs Fitzherbert was one of the great beauties of her day.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

Portrait of the Day: Wilfred Owen

  • Talks and Lectures

27 May 2017, 12:30
Room 31
Free

Poet. Born in Oswestry, Owen enlisted in 1915 and was commissioned into the Manchester Regiment in 1916. He was invalided home in 1917, but returned to the Western Front and won an MC before his death in November 1918. His powerful poems, such as 'Dulce et Decorum Est', are the War's most eloquent expression of disillusionment.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: John Clare

Portrait of the Day: John Clare

  • Talks and Lectures

28 May 2017, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Promoted as 'the Northamptonshire Peasant Poet', Clare spent much of his life as a poor agricultural labourer before mental illness condemned him to an asylum in 1837. His intensely detailed poetry reflects his love of his native countryside. It also movingly describes the hardship suffered by the rural poor.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

29 May 2017, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

Portrait of the Day: Paul McCartney (Mike's Brother)

  • Talks and Lectures

30 May 2017, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Monday 14 June 1965. This day showed McCartney’s vocal diversity, and stylistic talent which he brought to The Beatles.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

Portrait of the Day: Eleanor (Nell) Gwynn

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 2017, 12:30
Room 7
Free

A talk on a chosen portrait in the Gallery's Collection, check signage on the day for details.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

Gallery Tour: London History Day

Gallery Tour: London History Day

  • Talks and Lectures

31 May 2017, 15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Join us as we celebrate the first ever London History Day, organised by Historic England. Take part in curator-led Gallery talks as we highlight portraits of great Londoners. London History day is held on the day Big Ben first started keeping time. We’re joining museums and galleries across London to mark the people and places that have contributed to the city’s unique identity.

Lunchtime Lecture: Coloured with Emotion: Shocking Pink, Hematite & Chrome Yellow

Lunchtime Lecture: Coloured with Emotion: Shocking Pink, Hematite & Chrome Yellow

1 June 2017, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Colours have always been used to express complex ideas and feelings, from the blue-cloaked Virgin in medieval devotional works to the visceral smears used by Howard Hodgkin. Some of these relationships are restricted to a time or place, while others are near universal and have their roots in the earliest human history. Kassia St Clair, design writer and author of 'The Secret Lives of Colour', tells the emotionally charged stories connected with three striking colours: hematite, shocking pink and chrome yellow.