The Ballroom at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent. © National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Exhibitions & Displays Category

Conference: Text Artefact Identity: Horace Walpole and the Queer Eighteenth Century

Strawberry Hill House, 15-16 February 2019 This international conference, hosted by St Mary’s University, Twickenham, National Trust, and Strawberry Hill House, complements the major exhibition of Horace Walpole collection, Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill. Masterpieces from Horace Walpole’s Collection. Walpole’s sexuality has been the object of speculation, historical enquiry and theoretical interest. In recent years, […]

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Call for Papers: Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud

Compton Verney, deadline for abstracts: 29 October 2018 Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud and Childhood Now are complementary exhibitions opening at Compton Verney in March 2019. This celebration of children, childhood and innocence brings together some of the most iconic paintings, sketches and sculptures of children produced in the past 500 years. To coincide […]

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Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill exhibition 20 October 2018 to 24 February 2019

Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Twickenham This exhibition brings back to Strawberry Hill some of the most important masterpieces in Horace Walpole’s famous and unique collection for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. Horace Walpole’s collection was one of the most important of the 18th century, and dispersed in a great sale in 1842. For the first time in […]

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Portraiture and Biography conference, 29 to 30 November 2018

National Portrait Gallery, London Biography has always haunted the study of portraiture.  Although in recent decades art-historians may have developed a healthy scepticism for the intuitive practice of interpreting portraits with straightforward reference to what is known about the lives of their subjects, the temptation to do so remains strong.  These tendencies often appear in […]

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Exhibition: Gainsborough and the Theatre

The Holburne Museum, Bath, 5 October 2018 to 20 January 2019 By bringing together some of Thomas Gainsborough’s finest portraits of his friends in the theatre, this exhibition will create a conversation between the leading actors, managers, musicians, playwrights, designers, dancers and critics of the 1760s-80s.  Gainsborough and the Theatre explores themes of celebrity, naturalism, […]

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Exhibition: Ladies of Quality & Distinction, The Foundling Museum, London

21 September 2018 until 20 January 2019 The Foundling Museum presents a landmark exhibition highlighting the hidden stories of women in the Foundling Hospital’s history. Marking 100 years of female suffrage, Ladies of Quality & Distinction resets the focus of the Foundling Hospital’s story, revealing portraits and stories of the remarkable women who supported both […]

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Call for Papers: Hilliard, Oliver and the Miniature in Context

Deadline for abstracts: 17 September 2018 Conference: 28-29 March 2019, National Portrait Gallery, London An international conference sponsored jointly by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the European Research Council and the University of Cambridge. This conference accompanies the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by […]

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Online exhibitions: Portraits from the Baring Archive

Barings Bank was at one time the oldest merchant bank in the City of London and has played an important role in the development of British and international finance from the late-eighteenth to the late-twentieth century. Barings played a significant role in major historic events, such as, financing the Louisiana Purchase. This exhibition explores the […]

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House of Portraits exhibitions, Powis Castle, until 27 January 2019

The great halls and quiet chambers of Powis Castle are full of pictures of real people. From majestic full-length portraits to intimate miniatures that can be held in the palm of your hand, they are the work of many talented artists and the result of generations of patronage. Some of these works of art feature […]

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