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.


Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope oil on canvas, 1921 NPG 1913

Naval Officers of World War I
by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope
oil on canvas, 1921
NPG 1913

 

Naval Officers of World War I

10 May – 12 October 2014
Room 32

Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope is one of three large group portraits commissioned by the South African financier Sir Abraham (‘Abe’) Bailey in the aftermath of the Great War. Owing to poor condition, Naval Officers has not been seen for several decades. However, following a recent successful appeal for necessary funds to restore the work, the present display returns this important painting to public view.

To view and download a key of sitters in the portrait please click here

Artist Rachel Hemming Bray was documenting the work of Bush & Berry in their Bristol studio whilst they conserved the portrait. For a selection of her images and insights into the picture please click here
rachelhemmingbray.co.uk

To find out more please click here


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

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

 

Keep the Home Fires Burning

1 July 2014 – 1 February 2015
Room 31: case display

The patriotic song ‘Till the boys come home’ (‘Keep the home fires burning’), to words by American poet Lena Guilbert Ford, was composed by Ivor Novello in 1914. It quickly established itself as a favourite during the First World War and made a name for its young composer. Novello was one of the many people working in the theatre who provided entertainment in the music halls, revues and musical comedies that dominated the stage during the years of conflict and this display, drawing on the Gallery’s vast photographic collections, recalls some of the most popular stars of the day.

To find out more please click here

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

1 July 2014 – 1 April 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.

To find out more please click here