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Return to Life: A New Look at the Portrait Bust

Past exhibition archive
7 February - 20 May 2001

Studio Gallery

Admission Free

Elizabeth Goodman-Banks by Joseph Gotts, 1828 - © Leeds Museums & Galleries (Lotherton Hall)

Elizabeth Goodman-Banks
by Joseph Gotts, 1828
© Leeds Museums & Galleries (Lotherton Hall)

London exhibition
sponsored by

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Philip Mould
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Despite the ubiquitous presence of the portrait bust and our apparent familiarity with its appearance, this is an art form that seems to have little relevance to us today. The exhibition challenges this neglect and invites visitors to look again at these objects.

Exhibition produced by the
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
National Portrait Gallery, London & the
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

The exhibition catalogue, including essays by Malcolm Baker and John Gage, is available priced £9.99.