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National Programme (10)

COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

COMING HOME: Virginia Woolf

13 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
Charleston, Lewes

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

21 September 2019 - 19 January 2020
The Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

COMING HOME: Horatio Nelson

12 October 2019 - 26 January 2020
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

COMING HOME: Ira Frederick Aldridge

3 October 2019 - 1 March 2020
The Holburne Museum, Bath

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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BP Portrait Award 2019

BP Portrait Award 2019

7 December 2019 - 22 March 2020
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious international exhibition of contemporary portrait painting.


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COMING HOME: David Beckham

COMING HOME: David Beckham

5 December 2019 - 30 March 2020
Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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COMING HOME: Meera Syal

COMING HOME: Meera Syal

11 January - 5 April 2020
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.


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Tudors to Windsors

Tudors to Windsors

3 April - 31 August 2020
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The Collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, embraces over 500 years of British history, more than 60,000 sitters and explores ideas of social change, power and influence. Arguably as powerful and influential as any individual are the heads of state and empire, whose portraits are among the most popular in the Gallery’s Collection.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

25 June - 18 October 2020
Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

14 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
The Wilson, Cheltenham

This major new exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton.


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