Lunchtime Lecture: Free Spirit: George Charles Beresford, Portrait Photographer, Aesthete and Feminist

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21 June 2018, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Virginia Woolf
by George Charles Beresford
July 1902
NPG P221

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Art historian Dr Vivien Gaston explores the photographer behind one of the most widely admired British portraits, the haunting depiction of Virginia Woolf, 1902. George Charles Beresford, whilst little known, photographed many prominent and provocative politicians, artists, thinkers and writers of the early 20th century. From his schooldays with Rudyard Kipling to the glamour of London society and his support of radical feminists, Beresford’s life reflects the tensions of wider social change and reform.

Dr Vivien Gaston is an art historian, curator and writer with a special interest in portraits. She has published on 16th century Italian painting, 18th, 19th and 20th century British and Australian portraits and has curated two major exhibitions The Naked Face: self-portraits, 2011, and Controversy: the power of art, 2012, with a third, Sublime Sea: rapture and reality, forthcoming in 2019.  She is currently a Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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