Research Papers: 'Portraiture & Biography'

‘Portraits and Lace’ by Gil Dye

Over the centuries portraits have been designed to impress; making statements about power, wealth and status. Whenever lace was highly valued it featured strongly in these portraits and this is certainly the case during the period 1540-1640, which is of special interest to me in my study of early bobbin lace. In later portraits skilled […]

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New research on rare clay portrait figure by Chitqua

Paper by Pat Hardy, Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Museum of London. January 2013. This rare and engaging figure of Thomas Todd (Fig. 1) a London merchant,  is one of the few works to have survived intact which can be attributed to the Chinese artist  Chitqua or Tan-Che-Qua (c.1730- c.1796). It was recently acquired […]

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Podcasts from Gresham College

Portrait-relevant lectures available from the Gresham College website include: The Faces of a King: New research on portraits of Henry VIII delivered 1 Oct 2009 by Dr Tarnya Cooper, National Portrait Gallery. The face of Charles Dickens – portraits of the great author delivered 24 November 2005 by Andrew Xavier, The Charles Dickens Museum. Satire, […]

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Queries & Reviews

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