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

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Call for Papers: Women & Power. Redressing the Balance

University of Oxford, deadline for abstracts: 29 October 2018 Throughout 2018 the National Trust is running a programme of public events, exhibitions and new interpretation to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which granted some women the right to vote in British parliamentary elections for the first time. National Trust is one […]

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‘The Twins’: Creating a Resource for Research, by Kate Noble and Lucy Shipp

In 2016 we were very fortunate to be awarded funding from the Understanding British Portraits Professional Partnership Fellowship to research The Twins by John Everett Millais and create a learning resource for young people. We hoped that our project would help to reveal more about the role of women in the Victorian age, whose stories have for many years only been told […]

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A re-discovered portrait of Charles Marsh FSA by L.F. Abbott from the 1790s

Society of Antiquaries of London lecture by Maurice Howard, FSA The recent gift to the Society of this sensitive and haunting portrait enables investigation of the lively debate about antiquities in the late 18th century, the way that learned gentlemen of considerable means chose to create their self-image and, since Marsh lived at Twickenham, its […]

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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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