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The National Portrait Gallery, London, houses the world's largest collection of personalities and faces.
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691k Followers
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The National Portrait Gallery, London, houses the world's largest collection of personalities and faces.
Did you know Katherine Parr was the only one of Henry VIII’s wives without a royal background or previous court experience? And, when in 1544, the king led a military expedition she acted as regent-general, leading the regency council in the King’s name.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Katherine was also heavily involved in educational patronage and seems to have played a role in the publication of a reading primer for children (1544 - 5).⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In addition to these achievements, Katherine also became the first published queen. Prayers or Meditations, published in 1545, featured five of her original prayers, including one for men going into battle.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Katherine Parr by Unknown artist, late 16th century © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #KatherineParr #portraitoftheday #16thcentury #portraiture #nationalportraitgallery⠀⠀
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Our #PlayfulPortraits partner Evelina London Children's Hospital are celebrating their 150th birthday today. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Following the tragic loss of his wife, Evelina and their baby, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild created a lifeline for some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in London. He founded Evelina London in 1869. For 150 years, this children’s hospital has been saving lives, improving health and inspiring better futures. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #EvelinaLondon⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Evelina Gertrude de Rothschild by Samuel Bellin, after James Sant, published 1857 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Harriet Beecher Stowe, American abolitionist and writer, was born #onthisday in 1811. Although Beecher wrote dozens of articles, essays and books during her career, she was best known for her work ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, an anti-slavery novel written in 1852.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Harriet Beecher Stowe by Francis Holl, after George Richmond, circa 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London
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Bestselling author and diarist, Fanny Burney was born #onthisday in 1752.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Burney's first novel, Evelina, or the history of a young lady's entrance into the world (1778), astonished her friends and became a bestseller. Having notions of sensibility and early romanticism, the novel satirises the society in which it is set and is a significant precursor to the work of Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworth, whose novels explore many of the same themes.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Burney’s well-known Diary and Letters, which documented her friendships with Hester Thrale and Dr Johnson and her life at the court of George III, was first published in the 1840s and provided a rich resource for biographers ever since. This portrait was painted by her cousin Edward Francis Burney.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Fanny Burney by Edward Francisco Burney, circa 1784-1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #FannyBurney #Evelina #EdwardFranciscoBurney #Portraiture #NationalPortraitGallery⠀⠀
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“You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.”⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Social philosopher and writer Harriet Martineu was born #onthisday in 1802. Find her portrait on display in Room 21.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Harriet Martineau by Richard Evans © National Portrait Gallery, London⠀⠀
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Today’s #portraitoftheday is of writer Edward Carpenter. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ An advocate for libertarian beliefs, his works included Towards Democracy, 1883-1902, England's Ideal, 1885, and Civilisation, its Cause and Cure, 1889. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ After a brief career at Cambridge, Carpenter settled at Millthorpe, Derbyshire in 1883, where he enjoyed a life of writing, gardening and sandal-making. From 1893, he lived openly with his lover George Merrill. Carpenter’s rejection of contemporary notions of social and sexual behaviour had a profound influence on his younger followers, including the artist and painter of this portrait, Roger Fry. In 1929, after Carpenter’s death, Fry kindly offered the portrait to the Gallery, along with the note, “In view of the position that the late Edward Carpenter held in the world of social reform you may, I think, wish to have a portrait of him.”⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Find his portrait on display in Room 28. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #POTD #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #LGBT #pride2019
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A major new retrospective of works by leading contemporary artist @CindySherman will go on display later this month. Including the ground-breaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, this major new show will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and will feature around 150 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Opening 27 June 2019. Head to our website to book now - link in bio. ⠀⠀ #NationalPortraitGallery #Portraiture #CindySherman ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Image credit: Untitled #74 by Cindy Sherman, 1980. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. @Metro_Pictures ⠀⠀
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Happy birthday to singer-songwriter Jorja Smith, born #onthisday in Walsall, West Midlands.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Smith’s debut studio album, Lost & Found, was released in June 2018 and peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart, she won the Brit Critics' Choice Award in the same year. At the 2019 Brit Awards, Smith was named Best British Female Artist and was also nominated for Best New Artist in this year's Grammy Awards.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This photograph by Olivia Rose was recently acquired by the Gallery alongside Rose’s photographs of Stormzy, Skepta, Julie Adenuga and D Double E (Darren Dixon). ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Image credit: Jorja Smith by Olivia Rose 2018 © Olivia Rose @oliviarosegarden @jorjasmith_ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ #Jorjasmith #OliviaRose #portraiture #nationalportraitgallery⠀⠀
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