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

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SELF: Ruth Borchard Collection, exhibition and online tour

House of Manannan, Peel, Isle of Man, until 14 March 2021 A striking and thought-provoking collection of one hundred self-portraits of 20th Century British and Irish artists. Collected between 1958 and 1971 by Ruth Borchard, an ex-internee in Rushen Camp during WW2. View the exhibition launch and tour here >>

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Call for Papers for colloquium: On Portraiture: Theory, Practice, and Fiction — From Francisco de Holanda to Susan Sontag

University of Lisbon, 26–28 April 2021; proposals due by 30 Nov 2020 This colloquium intends to discuss the theory and practice of artistic, historical, anthropological, social, and political experience on the topic of portraiture, as well as the fictional dimension contained within it. Located at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, the discussion(s) and papers […]

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AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship: Slave-ownership and the National Portrait Gallery, London

Birkbeck and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded collaborative doctoral studentship through the REACH Consortium from October 2020 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. This project examines the links between the National Portrait Gallery and historical transatlantic slavery. In particular, it seeks to understand the impact […]

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Portraiture and Identities by Samantha Howard

Thanks to a travel grant from the Understanding British Portraits network, I was able to attend the Engaging Young People aged 14-21 with Portraits conference at Leeds Art Gallery. The conference, programmed by Sarah Shaw, Museum Tales Ltd, in collaboration with Engage and the Understanding British Portraits network, featured a diverse group of speakers who […]

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New digitised resource for study of Methodist heritage

News from Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, December 2019 Methodist Portrait Prints provides access to over 2,000 historic portraits dating from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. These images chart developments in engraving techniques, to the advent of photography, and beyond. This project draws from the collections of the Wesley Historical Society, and […]

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