Disability is no respecter of person. Those represented on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery and in its collections are among the most celebrated members of British society but among them are many with disabilities. Some are celebrated in literature: Richard III was famously depicted by Shakespeare as ‘Crookback’, while the poet Byron who […]
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Jenny Spencer-Smith presents a self-portrait by the artist Rex Whistler. Link to video on National Army Museum’s website.
The British Dental Association Museum has purchased a portrait of ‘gum guru’ Conrad Ackner treating Lady Lavery in a painting by her husband Sir John Lavery. The painting will be a key exhibit in the museum’s home on Wimpole Street, London. It is thought to be one of the only accurate depictions of an early […]
The Museum of Design in Plastics has Esmée Fairbairn Effective Collections funding to lend small groups of artefacts made of horn, a natural plastic. By displaying them in different contexts, it hopes to bring the art and craft of the horner to the attention of people who have not previously considered horn in such a […]
In 2000, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters mounted a millennial exhibition entitled People’s Portraits. The idea was to represent ordinary people from all walks of life, and thereby offer a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The resulting collection is rich in the diversity of […]
The Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grants programme has been created to help curators working with fine and applied art collections maintain and develop their specialist knowledge and expertise. It has been established through the auspices of Jonathan Ruffer and Anthony Mould, who share with the Art Fund a belief in the importance of nurturing curatorial skills […]
The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux, 1712-13 with an introduction and commentary by Paul Holden, hardback, 168 pp., illustrated in colour and B&W. Publication no 171 (2011), £20. In October 1712 Samuel Molyneux travelled from his native Dublin to be elected Fellow of the Royal Society in London. During his stay in England he corresponded […]