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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date nextMonth

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

12 February - 25 May 2015
Wolfson Gallery

This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris and Boston as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissible opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

12 March - 7 June 2015
Porter Gallery
Free

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815).

Events (65)

65 events matching the date nextMonth

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

1 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

2 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Artistic Commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo

Lunchtime Lecture: Artistic Commemorations of the Battle of Waterloo

  • Lecture

2 April 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Paul Cox, curator of Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions, explores the efforts to commemorate Wellington’s victory at Waterloo through officially commissioned and commercially produced works of art in a variety of media.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

Guest DJ: Ben Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
2 April 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar.

Lecture: Spitalfields Nippers

Lecture: Spitalfields Nippers

A part of Late Shift
2 April 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The Gentle Author, creator of the daily blog Spitalfields Life, introduces Horace Warner’s Spitalfields Nippers.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

3 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The Tiffinians

Live Music: Brandenburg Choral Festival: The Tiffinians

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
3 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The close-harmony vocal group from Tiffin School perform a selection of a cappella favourites.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
3 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Susan Wilson for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

4 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

5 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

6 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

7 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Members’ Evening Private View: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Members’ Evening Private View: Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends and Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

7 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall
Free

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our current exhibitions away from the crowds.

Places are limited so please RSVP for this event via email membersevents@npg.org.uk

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

8 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

9 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lecture: The King's Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II

Lecture: The King's Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II

A part of Late Shift
9 April 2015, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £7 (£6 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The private life of Charles II was anything but private.  His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers and hundreds of servants and soldiers. 

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
9 April 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Grab a drink from the Late Shift bar and relax to Eddie’s vinyl set.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

10 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting the Scene

Easter Holiday Family Activities Setting the Scene

  • Family||Workshop

6 April - 10 April 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week of ticketed workshops and drop-in sessions exploring how artists have used props and sets to set the scene in a portrait.
Live Music: Maz O’Connor: Singing Portraits

Live Music: Maz O’Connor: Singing Portraits

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
10 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The folk singer-songwriter performs a brand new selection of songs inspired by portraits of women in the Gallery’s Collection.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
10 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Grace Adam leads our ever-popular drop-in drawing session in the Gallery. Join her at 18.30 for an introduction or pop by at any time. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

11 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day One)

  • Workshop

11 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Giles Price leads a two-day practical photographic workshop investigating both archetypal and subversive depictions of strength and power.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

12 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Portraits of Power (Day Two)

  • Workshop

12 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details

Sold out

Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Photographer Giles Price leads a two-day practical photographic workshop investigating both archetypal and subversive depictions of strength and power.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

13 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

14 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

15 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

16 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Lunchtime Lecture: Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince

Lunchtime Lecture: Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince

  • Lecture

16 April 2015, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

Biographer Lisa Hilton reassesses the reign of Elizabeth I, an exceptional ruler who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince descended from a triumphant line of princes.

Seats for our lunchtime lectures are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.
Doors open at 12.30pm

Three Day Workshop: Drawn in the Frame

Three Day Workshop: Drawn in the Frame

  • Workshop||Young People

14 April - 16 April 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Create your own hand-drawn animation in just three days. Work with professional animators Lizzy Hobbs and Shelly Wain to learn the art of animation. Taking inspiration from the Georgian Collection, with an opportunity to research original documents in the Heinz Archive and Library.

For ages 14–21. Booking required. Please email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483. Please check your school holiday dates before booking.

Drawn In the Frame Showcase

Drawn In the Frame Showcase

  • Workshop||Young People

16 April 2015, 17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Showcase of artwork produced during the young people’s three-day workshop. All ages welcome.

No booking required.

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

Guest DJ: Neil Prince

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
16 April 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Listen and unwind at the Late Shift bar as DJ Neil Prince creates a set in response to the works on display.

Lecture: Discovering Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Other Portraitist

Lecture: Discovering Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Other Portraitist

  • Late Shift||Lecture

A part of Late Shift
16 April 2015, 19:00
Room 5
Free

Karen Hearn, curator of Charles I’s Forgotten Painter, introduces Cornelius Johnson, the King’s little-known ‘picture-drawer’.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

17 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Conference: Sargent and the Arts of His Time

Conference: Sargent and the Arts of His Time

  • Conference

17 April 2015, 10:00-16:20
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £30 (£25 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

This conference uses the occasion of the exhibition Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends at the National Portrait Gallery to place his work in the wider context of the international artistic milieu of the time, with particular reference to the painter’s wide circle of friends.

Live Music: Sargent and Music

Live Music: Sargent and Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
17 April 2015, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Free

A special programme devised by Oliver Davies focussing on musical sitters on display in Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends 

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
17 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Robin-Lee Hall leads tonight’s session of mass-participation drawing, taking inspiration from works on display.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

18 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Pick up a Pencil

Pick up a Pencil

  • Workshop||Young People

18 April 2015, 14:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Take a break from exam revision at this special Pick up a Pencil session. Work with a special guest artist and the Gallery’s Youth Forum to take creative inspiration from the Gallery’s Collection, in this drop-in session.

Drawing for ages 14–21.  All you have to do is pick up a pencil.  No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

19 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

  • Family||Workshop

19 April 2015, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a mixed-media shadow puppet of your favourite portrait and then create a performance of its magical journey. 

This session is aimed at children aged 3+ plus an accompanying adult.

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

Drop-in Family Session: Pop-Up Portrait Puppets

  • Family||Workshop

19 April 2015, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Make a mixed-media shadow puppet of your favourite portrait and then create a performance of its magical journey. 

This session is aimed at children aged 7+ plus an accompanying adult.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

20 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

21 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

22 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

23 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Performance: Shakespeare’s Birthday

Performance: Shakespeare’s Birthday

  • Late Shift||Performance

A part of Late Shift
23 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Look out for students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama who will be strolling around the Gallery reciting Shakespeare over the course of the evening.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
23 April 2015, 18:00-20:45
Main Hall
Free

Take advantage of the Gallery’s late opening and enjoy Eddie’s set and a drink at our pop-up bar.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

24 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Live Music: Channel Firing: Peter Sheppard Skærved

Live Music: Channel Firing: Peter Sheppard Skærved

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The violinist presents a personal response to 1914-2014.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Artist Gayna Pelham leads this week’s popular drop-in session, taking inspiration from works in the Gallery.

Life Drawing: Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

Life Drawing: Henry Tonks: Studies of the Artist

A part of Late Shift
24 April 2015, 18:30-20:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £9 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Figurative painter Andy Pankhurst questions the importance of Henry Tonks’s emphasis on anatomy during his time as a Professor at the Slade School of Fine Art.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

25 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day One)

25 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Susan Wilson leads a two-day workshop which recreates the mood and atmosphere of one of Sargent’s sittings with a Spanish dancer in full costume. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

26 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day Two)

Weekend Workshop: Sargent’s Spanish Dancer (Day Two)

26 April 2015, 11:00-17:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Tickets: £125 (£100 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Artist Susan Wilson leads a two-day workshop which recreates the mood and atmosphere of one of Sargent’s sittings with a Spanish dancer in full costume. 

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

27 April 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Draw in the Gallery at this artist-led drop-in session for disabled visitors.

If you require BSL interpretation please contact education@npg.org.uk .

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

28 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

30 April 2015, 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.

Please call 0207 306 0055 on the day for further details or check signage in the gallery as talks are subject to change.

Visualising Portraits: Snowdon: A Life in View

Visualising Portraits: Snowdon: A Life in View

30 April 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

Guest DJ: Richard Osborne

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
30 April 2015, 18:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

DJ Richard Osborne plays every genre of music within his sets, including pop, rock, jazz, soul, disco and rock and roll.

Exhibition Tour: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Exhibition Tour: Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

A part of Late Shift
30 April 2015, 19:30
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Curator Paul Cox leads a free exhibition tour interpreted into British Sign Language.

Displays (14)

14 displays matching the date nextMonth

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

The Tudors Reimagined: George Perfect Harding

14 March 2015 - 17 January 2016
Room 3
Free

This display explores the fashion for historical portraits in the early 19th-century by pairing watercolours of Tudor sitters made by George Perfect Harding with the original portraits.
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.

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter

15 April - 13 September 2015
Room 6
Free

Prolific and successful in his lifetime, Cornelius Johnson is the forgotten man of 17th-century British art. This display looks at a range of his paintings including rarely seen portraits of the King’s children.

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.

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.

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 artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

‘The artist’s cause at heart’: M.H. Spielmann, Collector and Donor

18 November 2014 - 1 August 2015
Room 28: case display
Free

A range of nineteenth century Punch self-portraits, photographs of sculptors and Jewish personalities throws light on the writer and art historian Marion Harry Spielmann’s work, and his decades of generosity towards the Gallery.

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.

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.
Women and the First World War

Women and the First World War

17 February - 1 October 2015
Room 31
Free

This display looks at the role women played during the war through a selection of portraits from the Gallery’s Photographic Collection.  

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

Jack Smith: Abstract Portraits

18 March - 31 August 2015
Room 32
Free

Continuing in the INTERVENTIONS series, this display focuses on unconventional approaches to portraiture and features abstract portraits by Jack Smith of the composers Harrison Birtwistle and Colin Matthews and the choreographer Ashley Page.
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.
On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

On Belonging: Photographs of Indians of African Descent

13 April - 31 August 2015
Room 33
Free

This display, fresh from its sensational showing at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi in 2013, is the result of six years spent with the Sidi people, an Indian community of African descent. The artist's charming and poignant portraits raise universal questions about nationality, ethnic origin, and the nature of diaspora.

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.

Beyond the Gallery (2)

2 events matching the date nextMonth

Picture the Poet

Picture the Poet

  • Partnership exhibition

3 September 2014 - 29 November 2015
Graves Gallery, Sheffield

Discover the faces of poets working today, including Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy, in this touring exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery.

Pictured & Seen

Pictured & Seen

  • Partnership exhibition

15 March 2014 - 30 November 2015
Montacute House
Free

The display focuses on the relationship between objects and their representation in 16th and 17th century British portraiture.