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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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National Portrait Gallery’s new Fashion Plates Collection

A new online resource to assist portrait and dress research has been created on the National Portrait Gallery website, utilizing the Gallery’s collection of engraved and hand-coloured fashion plates. One hundred years of mostly women’s fashions from 1770 to 1869 can now be explored by date, by garments, or by the magazine in which the […]

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