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The National Portrait Gallery, London, houses the world's largest collection of personalities and faces.
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352k Followers
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The National Portrait Gallery, London, houses the world's largest collection of personalities and faces.
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." ⠀ ⠀ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, lecturer and philosopher, was born #onthisday in 1803. ⠀ ⠀ Emerson was a figurehead of the mid-19th century transcendentalist movement. He championed individualism and was a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. He wrote dozens of public essays, and traveled extensively across the United States of America performing over 1500 public lectures during his life. ⠀ ⠀ Remember, you can explore our extensive collection online.⠀ ⠀ #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #otd ⠀ ⠀ Image credit: Ralph Waldo Emerson Elliott & Fry; Bickers & Son 1873, published 1886 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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Happy Friday everyone! Between 26 – 28 May if you have a ticket to the @RoyalAcademy's Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE you can enjoy £2 off our exhibition Tacita Dean: PORTRAITS. Simply show your ticket at our main ticket desk to redeem your discount. Tacita Dean: PORTRAITS closes 28 May. #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #TacitaDean Image credit: Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...(six performances, six films). 2008 by Tacita Dean. Installation view. National Portrait Gallery, London. Photography by Benjamin Westoby
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Queen Victoria was born #onthisday 1819 at Kensington Palace, #London. Succeeding to the throne shortly after her eighteenth birthday in July 1837, Queen Victoria's reign was the second longest in British history, celebrating her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and Diamond Jubilee in 1897. #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture Image credit: Queen Victoria by Aaron Edwin Penley, circa 1840 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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Sir Charles Barry was born #onthisday in 1795. The leading architect of his generation, Charles Barry worked mostly in a classical or Italianate style but his major achievement was the Elizabethan-style Houses of Parliament which he designed together with Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. In this portrait Barry is shown with a pair of compasses in his hand, resting his elbow on some partly unrolled architectural plans which lie on top of a Gothic-style cupboard. The plans show the Victoria Tower of the new Houses of Parliament, which can be seen under construction in the background. #NationalPortraitGallery #portraiture #architecture Image credit: Sir Charles Barry by John Prescott Knight, circa 1851 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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The second exhibition of our #SpringSeason is ‘Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver’.⠀ ⠀ ‘Elizabethan Treasures’, the first major exhibition of Tudor portrait miniatures for over 35 years, will bring together key works from the National Portrait Gallery and major loans from public and private collections, including miniatures that haven’t been seen in public in the UK since the early 1980s. Showcasing the careers of the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver.⠀ ⠀ ‘Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver’ opens 21 February 2019.⠀ ⠀ Book ahead now to secure your tickets via our website.⠀ ⠀ Image credits: Sir Walter Ralegh (Raleigh) by Nicholas Hilliard c. 1585, Anne of Denmark by Isaac Oliver, c. 1612, Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1957 and Queen Elizabeth I by Nicholas Hilliard, 1572, Purchased, 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀ ⠀ #HilliardandOliver #NicholasHilliard #IsaacOliver #Miniatures #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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Today we’re excited to announce next spring’s season of exhibitions, the first is ‘Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr’.⠀ ⠀ ‘Only Human’, featuring new and previously unseen works including Parr’s Brexit Britain, will bring together some of Parr’s best known photographs to focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people. Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad with a special focus on Parr’s wry observations of Britishness.⠀ ⠀ ‘Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr’ opens 7 March 2019.⠀ ⠀ Book ahead now to secure your tickets via our website.⠀ ⠀ Image credits: Dame Vivienne Westwood, London, 2012, St George's Day, Stone Cross Parade, West Bromwich, 2017, The Perry Family - Grayson, Philippa and daughter Florence, London, 2012 and Sam Levy Village, Borrowdale, Zimbabwe, 1995 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery⠀ ⠀ #MartinParr #Photography #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery
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Naomi Campbell, British supermodel, actress and activist, was born #onthisday in 1970. This striking photograph by artist, photographer and director @Simonfrederick was one of thirty-nine portraits acquired by the gallery in August 2017. Each of the sitters were chosen for their achievements in politics, business, culture, religion and science. The works were taken to accompany a four-part BBC TWO documentary Black is the New Black (2016), in which sitters shared their insights into being black and British today, painting a unique portrait of modern Britain’s past, present and future. #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture Image credit: Naomi Campbell by Simon Frederick, 2016 © Simon Frederick / National Portrait Gallery
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Are you enjoying this year's #RHSChelsea flower show? In our collection we are lucky enough to feature all types of personalities, including Mr and Mrs Simpson. Mr Simpson worked as a Gardener to Queen Victoria at her beloved #Royal residence, #Balmoral. #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture Image credit: The old gardener Simpson....and his wife by George Washington Wilson, 1854 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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