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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Exhibitions (2)

2 exhibitions matching the date thisMonth

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 (27)

27 events matching the date thisMonth

Portrait of the Day: John Astley

Portrait of the Day: John Astley

  • Gallery Talk

25 May 2015, 12:30
Room 2
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.

Families Drop-in Session: Miniature Portraits

Families Drop-in Session: Miniature Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

25 May 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Work with photographer Marysa Dowling to create fun, family portraits.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room

  • Workshop

25 May 2015, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

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

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

Families Drop-in Session: Miniature Portraits

Families Drop-in Session: Miniature Portraits

  • Family||Workshop

25 May 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Work with photographer Marysa Dowling to create fun, family portraits.

Suitable for ages 3+. No ticket needed.

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

Portrait of the Day: Joanna of Navarre

  • Gallery Talk

26 May 2015, 12:30
First Floor Balcony Landing
Free

Very little is really known about Joanna of Navarre. What we do know is that she must have led an extraordinary life; first a Princess of Navarre, then the Duchess of Brittany.

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

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

  • Family||Workshop

26 May 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Using torches, families will explore drawn animation with light, capturing each frame with long exposures.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

  • Family||Workshop

26 May 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Using torches, families will explore drawn animation with light, capturing each frame with long exposures.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

27 May 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.

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

  • Family||Workshop

27 May 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Using torches, families will explore drawn animation with light, capturing each frame with long exposures.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

Family Art Workshop: Lighten Up!

  • Family||Workshop

27 May 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Using torches, families will explore drawn animation with light, capturing each frame with long exposures.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Portrait of the Day: Blur

Portrait of the Day: Blur

  • Gallery Talk

28 May 2015, 12:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Blur were one of the most popular British bands in the 90s and Julian Opie’s “digital drawings” of the band members remain some of the gallery’s most popular works.

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

Family Art Workshop: Portrait of a Gallery

Family Art Workshop: Portrait of a Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

28 May 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What would a portrait of the National Portrait Gallery look like? What do you notice about the building and people, as well as the artworks?

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting and Power, 1600 - 1800

Visualising Portraits: Favourites: Painting and Power, 1600 - 1800

28 May 2015, 14:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Picture description for visually impaired visitors.

Family Art Workshop: Portrait of a Gallery

Family Art Workshop: Portrait of a Gallery

  • Family||Workshop

28 May 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

What would a portrait of the National Portrait Gallery look like? What do you notice about the building and people, as well as the artworks?

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

Guest DJ: Tim Redfern

  • Late Shift

A part of Late Shift
28 May 2015, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

Relax and unwind as DJ Timberlina provides a soundtrack to your visit.

Lecture: The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active Agents of Change

Lecture: The Africans of Georgian Britain: Active Agents of Change

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

Historian Onyeka tells the untold story of Africans in Georgian Britain and the role they played in the development of society. 

BSL Tour: Highlights of the Collection

BSL Tour: Highlights of the Collection

  • Gallery Talk||Late Shift
  • BSL

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

Chisato Minamimura leads a tour of the Collection, picking out highlights along the way. Led in BSL with interpretation into English.
Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Gallery Talk

29 May 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.

Family Art Workshop: Shape Shifters

Family Art Workshop: Shape Shifters

  • Family||Workshop

29 May 2015, 11:30-13:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

How far can you go to change a portrait and still make it a look like a face? Join our team for a journey into shapes and colours using collage, crayons and paint.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Family Art Workshop: Shape Shifters

Family Art Workshop: Shape Shifters

  • Family||Workshop

29 May 2015, 14:30-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

How far can you go to change a portrait and still make it a look like a face? Join our team for a journey into shapes and colours using collage, crayons and paint.

Suitable for ages 5+. Free ticket required and available one hour before event. Please note that spaces are limited to 20 places per session.

Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer Look

Summer Half Term Holiday: Family Activities Take A Closer Look

  • Family||Workshop

25 May - 29 May 2015, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

A week exploring what makes a portrait. Using the temporary displays and the collection to discover different ways of creating a portrait using photography, printmaking painting and animation.

Family Art workshops: Free ticket required, available one hour before the events starts on a first Come, first served basis. Places are limited to 20 tickets per session for children, plus accompanying adults.

Live Music: Kaz Simmons

Live Music: Kaz Simmons

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift

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

The jazz and folk influenced singer-songwriter returns to perform her ethereal and intimate original songs and selected covers from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel.

Life Drawing: Tackling Tone

Life Drawing: Tackling Tone

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

Inspired by Goya's mastery of tonal contrast and line in his portrait of the Duke of Wellington, join artist Robin-Lee Hall for an evening of life-drawing capturing dramatic lights and darks.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Late Shift||Workshop

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

Artist Gayna Pelham leads tonight’s session. There is a short introduction at 18.30, but feel free to drop-in at any time. 

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

Portrait of the Day: The Bronte Sisters

  • Gallery Talk

30 May 2015, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Charlotte, Emily and Anne were the authors of some of our best loved novels from the Victorian era, including Jane Eyre; Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and yet during their own lifetime they were criticised for their strong, independant minded female heroines.

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

31 May 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: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day One)

Weekend Workshop: Mixed media, Collage and Printing (Day One)

30 May - 31 May 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 Alison Kusner leads a two-day workshop inspired by contemporary portraits in the Collection.

Displays (13)

13 displays matching the date thisMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

11 May - 30 June 2015
Room 31
Free

This showcase places the spotlight on Dame Barbara Hepworth’s career through three portraits by the photographers Madame Yevonde, Peter Keen and Mayotte Magnus.

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 - 2 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.

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift

12 May 2015 - 24 January 2016
Room 24 and 31
Free

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as his interest in charting cultural life in all its variety.
‘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 - 19 September 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 - 12 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.

Women and the First World War

Women and the First World War

17 February - 25 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.
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
Room 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 (3)

3 events matching the date thisMonth

Royals: then & now

Royals: then & now

  • Partnership exhibition

28 February - 1 November 2015
Beningbrough Hall, York

Marking the 300th anniversary of the accession of King George I, Royals: then & now brings major contemporary portraits to Beningbrough Hall to create a dialogue between today’s royal family and their Hanoverian ancestors.

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.