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Thomas Hardy

This selection of nine photographic portraits of Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) celebrates 175 years his birth. Considered by many to be one of the greatest novelist and poets of the nineteenth-century, Hardy’s writing was both visionary and naturalistic. Many of his novels are set against a rural landscape, often in his native Dorset. Hardy’s major works include Far from the Madding Crowd (1874), The Woodlanders (1887), Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1891) and Jude the Obscure (1896). Since the 1950s, the significance of his poetry has also been recognised.


Pioneer Podcasts

Listen to a series of podcasts exploring the lives of pioneering women, past and present.

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Untitled, c.1973 (Alex Chilton) by William Eggleston © Eggleston Artistic Trust

Eggleston Playlist

William Eggleston was closely associated with the alternative music scene in Memphis. Revisit our 2016 exhibition and listen to a special playlist.

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Archive interviews

Links to audio and transcripts of interviews with artists, sitters and historic recordings.

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