Announcing Fellowship opportunities

Posted: 09 September 2015

Henry de Bray (1889-1965), actor and singer, and Rosie Campbell, actor and singer by Bassano Ltd, whole-plate glass negative, 19 March 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

We’re pleased to announce new opportunities for museum and gallery colleagues in Accredited collections, building on our successful annual Bursary programme. The Fellowships are designed to significantly develop the recipients’ portrait expertise, and deliver a substantial output to benefit their home collection and its audience.   Professional Fellowship – Research (£3,300) and Professional Fellowship – Museum Learning (£3,300) Fellows will[...]



Sir Joshua Reynolds: Sketchbooks to Genius by Paul Willis

Posted: 15 June 2015

Reynolds Sketchbook (PLYMG Page 46r) by Joshua Reynolds (detail) © Plymouth City Council (Arts & Heritage)

Sir Joshua Reynolds is a pivotal figure in the development of the British School of painting, principally through his writings on art and his portraits. However, besides the research conducted by Giovanna Perini Folesani, Reynolds’ Italian Sketchbooks have received little critical attention. This is possibly because his sketchbooks have been generally overlooked in favour of his portraits and his later attempts at ‘history’ paintings. However,[...]