Annual Seminar 2016

Posted: 2016

Marthe Labarre, French actress, by Francis Goodman (1913-89), bromide contact print, mid-late 1940s © National Portrait Gallery, London

This year’s Annual Seminar will take place on Thursday 8 December at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It aims to highlight current scholarly research, innovative collections-based learning programmes, curatorial case studies and conservation discoveries relating to British portraits of all media and periods.   Call for papers (deadline Friday 10 June 2016) We are now inviting proposals for 20-minute papers from museum/gallery professionals, scholars, conservators, and independent researchers which focus on these areas, and seek to share new findings, new[...]


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James Gillray: Caricaturist

Posted: 24 May 2016

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville ('Dun-Shaw'), statesman, by James Gillray, published by Samuel William Fores, hand-coloured etching, aquatint and soft-ground etching, published 7 March 1788. © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Gillray (1756-1815) was one of the greatest caricaturist of the 18th century. From around 1775 until 1810, he produced nearly 1,000 prints—including brilliantly finished portrait caricatures of the rich, famous, or frivolous, wonderfully comic caricatures of people being awkward, and unquestionably the best satiric caricatures of British political and social life in the age of Napoleon. His preeminence in graphic satire, especially in the 1790s made him both sought after and feared. No sooner did a new Gillray print[...]