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Understanding British Portraits is an active network with free membership for professionals working with British portraits including curators, museum learning professionals, researchers, academics and conservators.

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Catharine Macaulay (née Sawbridge), historian and political polemicist, by Robert Edge Pine, oil on canvas, c.1775 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Call for Papers: Portraits & Poses: Representations of Female Intellectual Authority, Agency and Authorship in Early Modern and Enlightenment Europe

1. Thomas Todd by Chitqua, c.1770, clay statuette (detail) © Museum of London

New research on rare clay portrait figure by Chitqua

Queen Henrietta Maria with Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633, by Anthony van Dyck © Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Conference: Charles I: King and Collector, 12 April 2018


Fellowship Opportunities

The Fellowship programme builds on the network’s successful Bursary programme which funded almost forty individual research and learning projects between 2008 and 2015.

The three annual Fellowship opportunities allow the successful candidates to significantly enhance their portrait expertise, and deliver a substantial output to benefit their home collection and its audience.

Su Hepburn, Senior Learning Officer, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton; Professional Learning Fellow 2016

Latest Queries & Reviews

Portrait of Peter Bayley (1778-1823), artist unknown, c.1800-15, Grosvenor Museum, Chester

Artist attributions sought for portraits at Chester’s Grosvenor Museum

The Grosvenor Museum has recently acquired three late 18th/early 19th century portraits of members of the Bayley family of Nantwich, Cheshire. They have just gone on display, following conservation. The sitters are reasonably well documented but the artists are unknown

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Portrait of a man with a firearm, attributed to J Cooper, location unknown

Seeking information on the artist ‘J. Cooper’

A scholar in the US presents research into this early eighteenth-century artist know only as 'J. Cooper'. For several decades a number of 'folk art' style portraits, usually of courtiers, monarchs or allegorical have shown up in the United States, primarily New England.

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