Lecture: Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards: A History of Facial Hair

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13 November 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Sir Charles James Napier, by Richard James Lane, after  Comte Hippolyte Caïs de Pierlas, 1849 (1843) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Charles James Napier
by Richard James Lane, after Comte Hippolyte Caïs de Pierlas
1849 (1843)
NPG D21721

To celebrate Movember and the launch of Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards, author Lucinda Hawksley looks at the best, the worst and the most hilarious examples of facial hair in the Collection with particular reference to hirsute Victorians, including William Morris and his circle.

Lucinda Hawksley has written biographies of the artists Lizzie Siddal, Kate Perugini and Princess Louise. Her other books include Essential Pre-Raphaelites, 50 British Artists You Should Know, Charles Dickens: A Bicentenary Guide, What Makes Great Art (co-written with Andy Pankhurst), March, Women, March: Voices of the Women’s Movement and the National Portrait Gallery’s most recent publication, Moustaches, Whiskers and Beards. Lucinda is a part-time lecturer in literature and the history of art, an award-winning travel writer and a regular lecturer at the National Portrait Gallery.  

Part of the programme of events complementing Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and his Legacy 1860-1960

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