NEWS: National Portrait Gallery Announces Spring 2019 Exhibitions

The National Portrait Gallery has announced it will display an exhibition of works by Martin Parr and a major exhibition of Tudor miniatures in 2019. 

Anne of Denmark by Isaac Oliver, c. 1612, Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

The National Portrait Gallery has announced two major exhibitions that will be displayed in 2019, with both featuring new works and discoveries, as well as portraits on public display for the first time.

From the 21st February, the gallery will present Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, the first major display of Tudor and Jacobean miniatures in the UK for thirty five years. Bringing together key works from the National Portrait Gallery and major loans from public and private collections, the exhibition will highlight the work of Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver (c.1565 – 1617).

A large section of the exhibition will concentrate on Hilliard and Oliver’s portraits of Elizabeth I, as well as images of James I, his wife Anne of Denmark and his three children Henry, Elizabeth and Charles (later Charles I). These will be displayed alongside miniatures of famous figures of the day including Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake.

This exhibition will be followed by Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr, on display at the gallery from the 7th March. The display will bring together some of the artist’s best known work as well as work by Parr never exhibited before, to focus on one of his most engaging subjects – people.

The display will also feature self-portraits Parr has made throughout his career. For over thirty years, Parr has visited studio photographers, street photographers and photo booths across the globe to have his portrait taken. The resulting Autoportraits raise questions about portraiture and the business of portrait photography, showcasing a range of fascinating settings employed by professional portraitists.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London, says: “I am delighted we are able to announce these two major new exhibitions for Spring 2019, which highlight the breadth of the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection – from Katherine Parr to Martin Parr. From Hilliard and Oliver’s jewel-like sixteenth and seventeenth century portrait miniatures from the courts of Elizabeth I and James I, to Martin Parr’s witty, surprising and ingenious photographs which reveal the eccentricities of modern life with affection and insight, these two exhibitions tell us much about this country – then and now.”

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