Displays

A programme of free displays throughout the four-year centenary will provide opportunities to explore a range of themes, sitters and artists associated with the First World War.


Vesta Tilley published by The Philco Publishing Co 1900s NPG x138214

Constance Barbara (née Clark), Lady Baird (later Lady Kennedy)
by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
1914
NPG x45254

Women and the First World War

Until 1 October 2015
Room 31

The First World War offered women the unexpected opportunity to work in fields that had previously been open only to men, proving that they could take on roles other than care-giving.

The display fittingly coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the death of Edith Cavell, who was executed in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape from Belgium.

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Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace by Unknown photographer 21 May 1914 NPG x137689

Emmeline Pankhurst's arrest at Buckingham Palace
by Unknown photographer
21 May 1914
NPG x137689

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words

Until 10 May 2015
Room 31

In the spring and summer of 1914 militant suffragettes staged their final violent protests in favour of votes for women and specifically against the imprisonment and inhumane treatment of women as part of the government’s Cat and Mouse Act of 1913. Amongst their targets certain suffragettes chose to attack paintings in public galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery. This display will focus on the protagonists of the attacks and the reaction of the police, the press and the Gallery itself to their actions.

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