National Portrait Gallery fundraising to purchase unfinished Duke of Wellington portrait

The countdown is on to source the £300,000 necessary to purchase an unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington for the United Kingdom.

London’s National Portrait Gallery has until the end of March 2017 to secure the balance of the £1.3 million price tag attached to the portrait painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. It is being offered for sale by a private collector who purchased it at auction in 2013Continue reading

Will cleaning of Chandos Portrait reveal what Shakespeare really looked like?

A portrait of William Shakespeare which was the first ever painting donated to London’s National Portrait Gallery could hold the key to knowing what the Bard actually looked like.

The Chandos Portrait was painted circa 1600-1610 possibly by John Taylor, an important member of the Painter-Stainers’ Company who was thought to be a friend of the celebrated dramatist and poet. Though there are several Shakespeare portraits in existence it is considered the painting which is most likely to portray the Bard from life. Now the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery are in discussion over whether to allow the work to be cleaned, a proposal which was considered at a seminar with outside specialistsContinue reading

Clara Drummond wins BP Portrait Award 2016

It was third time’s a charm for artist Clara Drummond who was declared winner of the BP Portrait Award 2016 at a ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery in London last night (21 June).

‘Girl in a Liberty Dress’ depicts Drummond’s friend and fellow painter, Kirsty Buchanan. Drummond previously submitted two portraits of Buchanan to the BP awards in 2013 and 2014 but both paintings fell short of scooping first prize. It is the fifth time the Edinburgh-born artist has been selected to exhibit her work at the awards with earlier works including a 2006 portrait of her friend, the actor Ben Whishaw. Continue reading