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Masterpieces of the National Portrait Gallery, London with Hattie Bennett
Masterpieces of the National Portrait Gallery, London with Hattie Bennett

Masterpieces of the National Portrait Gallery, London with Hattie Bennett


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The National Portrait Gallery was formed in 1856 with the intention to collect and display "the most eminent persons in British history." The first portrait acquired was the "Chandos Portrait" of William Shakespeare and, over the successive years, it was joined by more portraits of "eminent persons," ranging from Anne Boleyn to J.K. Rowling. As well as painted portraits, the collection includes drawings, prints, sculptures, photographs, and modern media.

The British tradition of portraiture is well served with examples by Holbein, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Millais, Singer Sargent, and Hockney, whilst some of the most well-loved portraits are by unknown artists such as Branwell Bronte's portraits of his sisters and Cassandra Austen's delicate drawing of her sister Jane. After closing for three years for a major refurbishment, the National Portrait Gallery now provides a wonderful visual experience of British History and contemporary life.

Led by an expert in Art History, Hattie Bennett, this lecture will discuss the highlights of the collection. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of British Portraiture and the National Portrait Gallery.

Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

75 minutes

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Christine (Arlington, US)
National Portrait Gallery

Glorious romp through history with portraits of kings, queens, artists, authors, statesman and military heroes in varying artistic styles. Ms. Bennett provided historical context for the works, which made for an enlightening lecture on British history as well as art.

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Karen Clark (San Angelo, US)
The Perfect Pre-visit Lecture

Hattie highlights 50ish portraits and photographs on display in the NGP, beginning with the Tudors and ending in the 21st century - a great introduction to the gallery. I look forward to seeing the newly renovated gallery in November!

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Ginnie (Brantford, CA)
Masterpieces of the National Portrait Gallery

This was a very informative and fun talk. I liked Hattie Bennett very much.

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Sandy C. (Narberth, US)
Excellent tour of the National Portrait Gallery

This is a great sample of the works to be seen. Hattie chose excellent examples and gives just enough historical background. She’s very knowledgeable.

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Christine (Arlington, US)
National Portrait Gallery

Glorious romp through history with portraits of kings, queens, artists, authors, statesman and military heroes in varying artistic styles. Ms. Bennett provided historical context for the works, which made for an enlightening lecture on British history as well as art.

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Karen Clark (San Angelo, US)
The Perfect Pre-visit Lecture

Hattie highlights 50ish portraits and photographs on display in the NGP, beginning with the Tudors and ending in the 21st century - a great introduction to the gallery. I look forward to seeing the newly renovated gallery in November!

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Ginnie (Brantford, CA)
Masterpieces of the National Portrait Gallery

This was a very informative and fun talk. I liked Hattie Bennett very much.

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Sandy C. (Narberth, US)
Excellent tour of the National Portrait Gallery

This is a great sample of the works to be seen. Hattie chose excellent examples and gives just enough historical background. She’s very knowledgeable.