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Exhibitions (2)

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Picasso Portraits

Picasso Portraits

6 October 2016 - 5 February 2017
Wolfson Gallery

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

17 November 2016 - 26 February 2017
Porter Gallery

Portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Events (40)

40 events matching the date thisMonth

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
9 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Join artist Marc Woodhead for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Live Music: Royal College of Music

Live Music: Royal College of Music

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
9 December 2016, 18:30
Ondaatje Wing Theatre, Floor -2
Free

Composers from the RCM respond to the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016.

Portrait of the Day: Caroline of Brunswick

Portrait of the Day: Caroline of Brunswick

  • Talks and Lectures

10 December 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

Married to George, Prince of Wales in 1795, he abandoned her after the birth of their daughter Princess Charlotte. Caroline repaid her husband by leading a life of supposedly bawdy behaviour.

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: Augustus John

Portrait of the Day: Augustus John

  • Talks and Lectures

11 December 2016, 12:30
Room 22
Free

The original archetypal rebel artist, John was lauded for his draughtsmanship at the Slade School of Art before he was 20 years of age. However, his love for a bohemian lifestyle has led many critics to argue that despite painting the portraits of some of Britain’s most famous figures, John never fulfilled his early promise.

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: Maria Anne Fitzherbert (née Smythe)

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

  • Talks and Lectures

12 December 2016, 12:30
Room 17
Free

A woman of tact and discretion, Mrs Fitzherbert was one of the great beauties of her day. Although a Catholic and a widow she was persuaded to marry the Prince of Wales in a secret ceremony in 1785. The marriage was illegal. The Prince did not have the King's approval and the heir could not marry a Catholic without forfeiting the right to the throne. Mrs Fitzherbert was condemned to a life of deception as the Prince's 'mistress'. She patiently maintained this position for almost a decade after George's official marriage to Caroline of Brunswick in 1795.

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: Radclyffe Hall

Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

  • Talks and Lectures

13 December 2016, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Hall's semi-autobiographical novel The Well of Lonliness (1928) became immediately famous for her frank portrayal of its lesbian central relationship. It was banned, despite protests from Virginia Woolf and other writers, and was not reprinted in Britain until 1949. Hall was courageously controversial. Her first name was Marguerite but she preferred to be called 'John'. At a time when male homosexuality was illegal, she lived openly with a woman.

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 John Christopher Vassall

Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall

  • Talks and Lectures

14 December 2016, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty. In 1954 he was appointed assistant to the British naval attaché in Moscow, where he was blackmailed by the KGB for his homosexuality. On return to London in 1956 he was assigned to the Admiralty's Naval Intelligence Division. He provided the Soviets with thousands of classified documents. In 1962 he was arrested and confessed. In October 1962 he was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and released in 1972.

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: Rudyard Kipling

Portrait of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

  • Talks and Lectures

15 December 2016, 12:30
Room 28
Free

Most people know Rudyard Kipling because he wrote the Jungle book, but did you know he's also chose the inscription "The Glorious Dead" on the Cenotaph in London? He's also named after a Lake in Rudyard in Staffordshire? Come along and find out more about one of England's most enduring English authors.

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 Boss of Bethnal Green:  Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London

Lunchtime Lecture: The Boss of Bethnal Green: Joseph Merceron, the Godfather of Regency London

15 December 2016, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

200 years ago Spitalfields was home to Joseph Merceron, gangster and staggeringly corrupt magistrate, who accumulated enormous wealth for half a century while presiding over the creation of London’s poorest slums. Writer Julian Woodford explores his life and legacy.

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

Resident DJ: Eddie Otchere

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
15 December 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

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

In Conversation Picasso’s Faces

In Conversation Picasso’s Faces

A part of Late Shift
15 December 2016, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Historian and writer Simon Schama discusses Picasso’s evocations of lovers, family and friends with writer and novelist Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of the RSL, reflecting on some of the differences between representing character in words and on canvas. In partnership with the Royal Society of Literature.

Portrait of the Day: Jane Austen

Portrait of the Day: Jane Austen

  • Talks and Lectures

16 December 2016, 12:30
Room 18
Free

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved English writers of all time. Her novels have inspired many with their portrayal of relationships in Regency era, both familial and romantic.

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.

Live Music: Minna Weurlander

Live Music: Minna Weurlander

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
16 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

The Finnish accordion virtuoso performs music influenced by the Russian accordion tradition and Argentine Tango.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
16 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

Join artist Robin-Lee Hall for our popular weekly drawing session in the Gallery.

Young People: Youth Insights: Short talks on Van Dyck and self-portraiture

Young People: Youth Insights: Short talks on Van Dyck and self-portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

17 December 2016, 11:00-11:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop-in

The last in the series of short talks this year about Van Dyck and self portraiture; led by members of the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Young People: Youth Insights: Short talks on Van Dyck and self-portraiture

Young People: Youth Insights: Short talks on Van Dyck and self-portraiture

  • Workshop||Young People

17 December 2016, 11:30-12:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free, drop-in

The last in the series of short talks this year about Van Dyck and self portraiture; led by members of the Gallery’s Youth Forum.

Portrait of the Day: Oskar Kokoschka

Portrait of the Day: Oskar Kokoschka

  • Talks and Lectures

17 December 2016, 12:30
Room 31
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: Anne Boleyn

Portrait of the Day: Anne Boleyn

  • Talks and Lectures

18 December 2016, 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.

Family Workshop: Festive Decorations (3+)

Family Workshop: Festive Decorations (3+)

  • Family||Workshop

18 December 2016, 13:00-14:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free. Ticket required available one hour before the event. For ages 3+ (20 places for children) plus an accompanying adult

Escape the last minute shopping spree to join prop and set designer Alice Fitzpatrick to make a range of sparkling and twinkling decorations for the festive season.
Free refreshments for families attending

Family Workshop: Festive Decorations (7+)

Family Workshop: Festive Decorations (7+)

  • Family||Workshop

18 December 2016, 15:00-16:30
Please check signage on the day for details
Free. Ticket required available one hour before the event. For ages 7+ (20 places for children) plus an accompanying adult

Escape the last minute shopping spree to join prop and set designer Alice Fitzpatrick to make a range of sparkling and twinkling decorations for the festive season.
Free refreshments for families attending

Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin

Portrait of the Day: Augustus Pugin

  • Talks and Lectures

19 December 2016, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Architect, writer, designer and ecclesiologist; leader of the Gothic revival movement; converted to Roman Catholicism in 1835; designed many churches including St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham and St. George's, Southwark; assisted Charles Barry (1795-1860) with the design for the Houses of Parliament; died in Ramsgate following a mental breakdown.

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.

The Drawing Room: Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

The Drawing Room: Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

  • Workshop

19 December 2016, 13:00-15:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free artist-led drawing classes for disabled visitors

Explore collars and ruffs through drawing and creating  3-dimensional ruffs.

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

Portrait of the Day: Sir Christopher Hatton

Portrait of the Day: Sir Christopher Hatton

  • Talks and Lectures

20 December 2016, 12:30
Room 2
Free

Courtier and politician, Hatton is said to have attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth I at a masque. He enjoyed a meteoric rise to power, eventually becoming Lord Chancellor in 1587. He was made a Knight of the Garter and Chancellor of the University of Oxford the following year. Displaced to some extent in the queen's affections by Sir Walter Ralegh, Hatton nevertheless developed a lasting friendship with Elizabeth, who visited him on his deathbed.

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: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Portrait of the Day: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

  • Talks and Lectures

21 December 2016, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Charlotte first met George III on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband's bouts of physical illness and insanity, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent in 1811.

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

22 December 2016, 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.

Visualising Portraits: Access:  Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Victorian Stage

Visualising Portraits: Access: Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Victorian Stage

22 December 2016, 14:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Find out more about the depiction of celebrity through print during the Victorian period.

Guest DJ: Timberlina

Guest DJ: Timberlina

  • Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
22 December 2016, 18:00
Main Hall
Free

DJ Timberlina mixes a range of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection – from spoken word to classical, via jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.

Gallery Tour: Dickens and Christmas

Gallery Tour: Dickens and Christmas

  • Late Shift||Talks and Lectures

A part of Late Shift
22 December 2016, 19:00
Meet in the Main Hall
Free

Lucinda Hawksley leads a tour of the Victorian galleries and talks about what made a true Victorian Christmas – and about how her great great great grandfather, Charles Dickens, captured the zeitgeist of the age with his campaigning novella A Christmas Carol.

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

23 December 2016, 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.

Live Music: DOLLYman

Live Music: DOLLYman

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
23 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

Jazz-Classical-Rock group DOLLYman return for another alternative Christmas show.

Drop-in Drawing

Drop-in Drawing

  • Drawing||Late Shift||Workshop

A part of Late Shift
23 December 2016, 18:30-20:30
Check signage on the day
Free

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

Portrait of the Day

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

24 December 2016, 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

25 December 2016, 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

Portrait of the Day

  • Talks and Lectures

26 December 2016, 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: King Charles II

Portrait of the Day: King Charles II

  • Talks and Lectures

27 December 2016, 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: Portrait of the Day: The Three Witches from Macbeth (Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Anne Seymour Damer

Portrait of the Day: Portrait of the Day: The Three Witches from Macbeth (Elizabeth Lamb, Viscountess Melbourne; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; Anne Seymour Damer

  • Talks and Lectures

28 December 2016, 12:30
Room 24
Free

Join us today and find out about the unusual group portrait which depicts three of the most notorious women of the late 18th century. They were intimate friends sharing a common passion for Whig politics and the arts. While all three women are described as having enjoyed attending private theatricals, Gardner's choice of the cauldron scene from Macbeth can also be related to their shared and shadowy political scheming as leading members of the Devonshire House circle.

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: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Portrait of the Day: Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

  • Talks and Lectures

29 December 2016, 12:30
Room 14
Free

Charlotte first met George III on 8 September 1761 and was married to him that evening. George III and Charlotte had 15 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. She was distressed by her husband's bouts of physical illness and insanity, which became permanent in later life and resulted in their eldest son being appointed Prince Regent in 1811.

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 John Christopher Vassall

Portrait of the Day: William John Christopher Vassall

  • Talks and Lectures

30 December 2016, 12:30
Room 32
Free

Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty. In 1954 he was appointed assistant to the British naval attaché in Moscow, where he was blackmailed by the KGB for his homosexuality. On return to London in 1956 he was assigned to the Admiralty's Naval Intelligence Division. He provided the Soviets with thousands of classified documents. In 1962 he was arrested and confessed. In October 1962 he was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and released in 1972.

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.

Live Music: Robert Taira Wilson

Live Music: Robert Taira Wilson

  • Friday Night Music||Late Shift||Music

A part of Late Shift
30 December 2016, 18:30
Please check signage on the day
Free

The singer songwriter launches his much-anticipated second studio album ‘Cold In The Heat’ with special guest accompaniment.

Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

Portrait of the Day: Radclyffe Hall

  • Talks and Lectures

31 December 2016, 12:30
Room 30
Free

Hall's semi-autobiographical novel The Well of Lonliness (1928) became immediately famous for her frank portrayal of its lesbian central relationship. It was banned, despite protests from Virginia Woolf and other writers, and was not reprinted in Britain until 1949. Hall was courageously controversial. Her first name was Marguerite but she preferred to be called 'John'. At a time when male homosexuality was illegal, she lived openly with a woman.

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.

Displays (11)

11 displays matching the date thisMonth

Spotlight

Spotlight

6 September - 11 December 2016
Room 31
Free

This Spotlight forms part of Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 and includes works of dancer Ram Gopal.

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

Framing the Face: Collars and Ruffs

19 February - 31 December 2016
Room 3
Free

This small display of paintings and miniatures explores the collars and ruffs that were such a striking feature of sixteenth and seventeenth century dress. Their design and scale changed continually over the period, with each decade heralding a new fashion that allowed sitters to demonstrate their wealth and style.

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

Painting the Artist: Van Dyck and Early Self-portraiture in Britain

16 September 2016 - 8 January 2017
Room 5
Free

The National Portrait Gallery has the best collection of early British self-portraits in the world. This display, the second of three to be held at the Gallery as part of the tour of the recently acquired Van Dyck self-portrait, considers the painting in the context of this fascinating collection. It includes the earliest oil self-portrait painted in Britain, as well as works by Isaac Oliver, Sir Peter Lely and Mary Beale. A highlight will be the striking self-portrait by William Dobson, on loan from a private collection, which hung as a pair with the Van Dyck portrait for 300 years.

Organised with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

Luc Tuymans: Glasses

4 October 2016 - 26 March 2017
Room 16
Free

A display of portraits of sitters wearing glasses made and selected by the internationally renowned Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862 – 1948

18 May - 11 December 2016
Room 23, 31 and 33
Free

Black Chronicles brings together over thirty photographs which present a unique snapshot of black lives and experiences. Developed in collaboration with Autograph ABP, this intervention includes some of the earliest photographs from the Gallery’s Collection alongside rediscovered photographs from the Hulton Archive. These portraits highlight an important and complex black presence in Britain before 1948, a watershed moment when the Empire Windrush brought the first large group of West Indians to the UK.

Part of Autograph ABP’s The Missing Chapter programme, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

Reproducing Fame: Printmakers and the Nineteenth Century Stage

27 August 2016 - 2 July 2017
Room 24: case display
Free

This display surveys the depiction and transmission of celebrity through print, highlighting the skill of printmakers who portrayed the ingenuity of the London stage.

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

At the Despatch Box: Gladstone in Action

6 September 2015 - 4 June 2017
Room 25: case display
Free

Offering a glimpse of William Gladstone’s legendary performances in parliament, this display focuses on the sketches of the politician made by the artists employed to document parliamentary proceedings for the illustrated press.
A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

17 October 2016 - 1 October 2017
Room 29
Free

From October 2016 the Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary Photographs Collection.

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

Conscientious Objectors of the First World War

21 June 2016 - 5 February 2017
Room 31: case display
Free

This display marks one hundred years since the introduction of conscription by Herbert Asquith's government, in March 1916.

Speak its Name!

Speak its Name!

22 November 2016 - 6 August 2017
Room 32
Free

This display celebrates the advances in gay rights in Britain over the past half century and features portraits accompanied by quotations from the sitters discussing their own experience of ‘coming out’. These range from coming out to friends and family, to wanting to be honest to an audience of fans and media.
Antony Gormley – OBJECT

Antony Gormley – OBJECT

7 September 2016 - 21 May 2017
Room 32
Free

Antony Gormley – OBJECT comprises a cast-iron life-size sculpture cast from the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Ondaatje Wing main hall alongside Fall, a selection of drawings depicting a solitary figure occupying a void.

Beyond the Gallery (1)

1 event matching the date thisMonth

BP Portrait Award 2016

BP Portrait Award 2016

  • Touring exhibition

26 November 2016 - 26 March 2017
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh
Free

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.