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

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The 2014 British Portraits Knole seminar by Sarah Grant

The latest British Portraits Subject Specialist Network seminar was held at Knole, generously hosted by Lord Sackville and the National Trust and expertly co-ordinated by Caroline Pegum. On a crisp March morning over thirty delegates from a range of institutions and fields assembled in the Great Hall. This being my first visit to Knole I […]

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Revealing Stories for the Government Art Collection by Philippa Martin

This bursary has been used to collect information that will enhance an existing project to improve provenance records for works in the Government Art Collection (GAC). George Mogg (who helped research the provenance of GAC works at Christie’s archives) joined me on the following archive visits. We first visited Kent History and Library Centre in […]

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The Grand Tour Adventure in the 1790s by Saraid Jones

Saraid Jones received a Bursary from Understanding British Portraits in October 2013. Here she reflects on the aims of her chosen project.   My fascination with the portrait of Thomas, 2nd Lord Berwick painted by Angelica Kauffman (left) began when I read the story of his Grand Tour. The Volunteers’ Library at Attingham Park is […]

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Thoughts from the UBP Annual Seminar 2013 by Elaine Blake

I started the day with high hopes. I had recently put together an exhibition of some of the best of the portraits in oil in the Reading Museum collection and felt sure that there would be much of relevance amongst the papers.  In addition there would be people to meet and a chance to pop […]

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