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

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Call for Papers: Hilliard, Oliver and the Miniature in Context

Deadline for abstracts: 17 September 2018 Conference: 28-29 March 2019, National Portrait Gallery, London An international conference sponsored jointly by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the European Research Council and the University of Cambridge. This conference accompanies the National Portrait Gallery exhibition Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by […]

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Online exhibitions: Portraits from the Baring Archive

Barings Bank was at one time the oldest merchant bank in the City of London and has played an important role in the development of British and international finance from the late-eighteenth to the late-twentieth century. Barings played a significant role in major historic events, such as, financing the Louisiana Purchase. This exhibition explores the […]

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Does one style fit all? by Elizabeth Socci

I had been looking forward to this conference for many months and it certainly didn’t disappoint. As someone who is in the early stages of their curatorial career, working at a museum which is going through a large-scale expansion project and rethinking of art curation, I knew this conference would be beneficial. To give you […]

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Depicting Dress. A professional workshop on male and female dress in eighteenth-century portraits by Veronica Isaac

This collaborative workshop between the Understanding British Portraits professional network and the School of Historical Dress was led by two of the School’s teachers, Professor Jenny Tiramani and Vanessa Hopkins and took place their newly opened headquarters in Lambeth. The day commenced in the extremely well-stocked library, where Jenny and Vanessa provided a brief introduction […]

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House of Portraits exhibitions, Powis Castle, until 27 January 2019

The great halls and quiet chambers of Powis Castle are full of pictures of real people. From majestic full-length portraits to intimate miniatures that can be held in the palm of your hand, they are the work of many talented artists and the result of generations of patronage. Some of these works of art feature […]

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