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Composer George Frideric Handel was born #OnThisDay 1685.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Born in Saxony, Handel moved to London in 1712. For fifty years Handel poured out opera, oratorios and concertos. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ His major work ‘Messiah’, first performed in Dublin in 1742, was a national institution within his lifetime.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The great composer is seen here in old age and by now blind, with the score of Messiah by his side. The portrait was painted by Thomas Hudson for Handel's friend, Charles Jennens, who selected the words for ‘Messiah’. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ See the portrait on display in the Gallery. #free⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: George Frideric Handel by Thomas Hudson 1756 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #GeorgeHandel #Composer #Opera #NationalPortraitGallery
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'The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.' Founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Sir Robert Baden-Powell was born #OnT#OnThisDay 1857.⠀ ⠀ During the Boer War, Baden-Powell held Mafeking under siege for 217 days until relieved. During the siege, a volunteer cadet corps of boys was created to support the troops and the hospital. This inspired Baden-Powell to found the Boy Scouts, and in 1910 he retired from the army in order to devote himself to the movement.⠀ ⠀ The uniform which Baden-Powell wears in this portrait is one which he designed himself for the South African Constabulary; the hat was later adapted for the Boy Scouts. This portrait is currently on display in Room 23 of the Gallery.⠀ ⠀ Image credits: Robert Baden-Powell by Sir Hubert von Herkomer 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #RobertBadenPowell #BoyScouts #GirlGuides #OnThisDay #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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There's only one week to go until Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography opens at the Gallery! ⠀ ⠀ Discover the most breath-taking images in photographic history, by artists Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden and Oscar Rejlander. ⠀ ⠀ Opening 1 March 2018, on until 20 May 2018. Book tickets now via our website.⠀ ⠀ #VictorianGiants #Victoriana #Photography #ArtPhotography #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Robert Browning by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1865 © @wellcomecollection, London
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"If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust." Actor and director, Alan Rickman was born #onthisday 1946. ⠀ ⠀ At 26 Rickman won a scholarship to RADA, where he received a number of awards. He came to prominence on stage in Les Liasons Dangereuses and made his first major film appearance in Die Hard.⠀ ⠀ He would go on to feature in such films as Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and more recently, as Severus Snape in #JKRowling's Harry Potter series. Do you have a favourite film of his? ⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Alan Rickman by Trevor Leighton 1992 © Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #AlanRickman #diehard #loveactually #severussnape #harrypotter #portrait #nationalportraitgallery
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“To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.” Cardinal John Newman was born #OnT#OnThisDay 1801.⠀ ⠀ Newman was a convert to Catholicism from the Church of England, and one of the great minds of the 19th century. As a Roman Catholic priest he became one of the greatest Catholic apologists in the history of the Church. He was a prolific writer and persuasive preacher.⠀ ⠀ Cardinal Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010. ⠀ ⠀ See this portrait on display in the Gallery. #free⠀ ⠀ Image credit: John Newman by Emmeline Deane 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #CardinalJohnNewman #JohnNewman #OnThisDay #Catholicism #PopeBenedictXVI #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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#LoveYourPetDay #CaptionCompetition! We'd love to know how you would caption this portrait of actress and writer Lady Diana Cooper, taken by Ben Schwartz in 1977. ⠀ ⠀ Share yours in the comments below.⠀ ⠀ #NationalLoveYourPetDay #DogsofInstagram #LadyDianaCooper #NationalPortraitGallery⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Lady Diana Cooper (Diana (née Manners), Viscountess Norwich) by Bern Schwartz 1977 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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Philanthropist and founder of the @nspcc_official, Benjamin Waugh was born #OnThisDay 1839.⠀ ⠀ Waugh began his work on behalf of neglected and ill-treated children while serving as a congregational minister in Greenwich.⠀ ⠀ He helped to establish the London Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1884, and worked to make its efforts nationwide over the following years.⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Benjamin Waugh by Lady Edna Clarke Hall circa 1904 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #BenjaminWaugh #NationalSocietyforthePreventionofCrueltytoChildren #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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Social worker and Suffragette, Charlotte Despard was drawn to the women’s movement through her philanthropic work with vulnerable women and children. Working in the slums of #Battersea in London, she founded clinics, social clubs and a soup kitchen. ⠀ ⠀ After originally being allied to the Pankhursts’ Women's Social and Political Union, Despard became leader of the break-away organisation, the Women’s Freedom League, described as ‘constitutional militants’. Despard was imprisoned twice for protesting and tax resistance.⠀ ⠀ See this portrait, and more, in our #free display #VotesforWomen, as part of our #RebelWomen season.⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Charlotte Despard (née French) by Mary Edis, Lady Bennett exhibited 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #WomensRights #Equality #Suffragettes #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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“Mary had a little lamb” were the first words that pioneer and inventor Thomas Edison recorded on the phonograph.⠀ ⠀ In 1877, Thomas Edison created the phonograph, a machine with two needles: one for recording and one for playback. ⠀ ⠀ While other inventors had produced devices that could record sounds, Edison's phonograph was the first to be able to reproduce the recorded sound.⠀ ⠀ He patented his invention #OnT#OnThisDay 1878.⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Thomas Alva Edison by Harry Furniss 1912-1914 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #ThomasEdison #Phonograph #OnThisDay #Portrait #Caricature #NationalPortraitGallery
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Congratulations to #SirRidleyScott for being honoured with this year's #BAFTAFellowship Award, the highest honour that @bafta can bestow upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, games or television.⠀ ⠀ Scott’s eminent career has spanned over 40 years and he has directed more than twenty films including classics such as #Alien, #Bla#BladeRunner and #Gladiator. Do you have a favourite?⠀ ⠀ Here is Sir Ridley Scott (right) with his younger brother and fellow film director Tony Scott in 2002, outside the #AeroTheatre in Santa Monica, California. ⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Anthony David ('Tony') Scott; Sir Ridley Scott by Dudley Reed 2002 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #RidleyScott #BladeRunner #eebaftas #BAFTAs #TonyScott #NationalPortraitGallery
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After what can only be described as the longest and most satisfying of catnaps, it seems we have gone and slept through #WorldCatDay! Oh well, no sense in dwelling, I guess it's back to work...⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Molly Blake by John Gay 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #catnap #catsinportraits #portrait #nationalportraitgallery
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Queen Mary I was born #onthisday 1516. ⠀ ⠀ The daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, Mary fell from favour during her parents' divorce and was declared illegitimate. By 1544 Mary was reinstated in the order of succession to the throne and after the death of her half brother Edward VI, she inherited the throne. ⠀ ⠀ This portrait of Mary is based on paintings made during her lifetime by the Flemish artists Hans Eworth (active 1540-74) and Anthonis Mor (1516-75/6). Their compositions were widely reproduced in both paintings and prints. ⠀ ⠀ This painting has been executed in a smooth, refined way. The gold jewels have been painted with a pigment called lead-tin yellow. Tree ring dating indicates the wood used for the panel was felled sometime after 1585.⠀ ⠀ See this portrait on display in Room 1 of the Gallery. ⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Queen Mary I by Unknown artist 1597-1618 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #QueenMaryI #HenryVIII #KatherineofAragon #Tudors #portrait #nationalportraitgallery
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