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All 100 #HoldStill2020 photographs can be found on digital screens in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum, of...
03/12/2020

All 100 #HoldStill2020 photographs can be found on digital screens in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum, offering visitors a space to reflect on their experience of the pandemic.

⭐On until 6 December ➡️ http://ow.ly/kNh450CBq1i

Pianist Harriet Cohen was born #onthisday 1895.Although particularly associated with J. S. Bach's music, Cohen performed...
02/12/2020

Pianist Harriet Cohen was born #onthisday 1895.

Although particularly associated with J. S. Bach's music, Cohen performed a wide repertoire of standard classics as well as new music. The composer and conductor Constant Lambert, among others, wrote for her, and Sir Arnold Bax, a close friend, composed ‘Concertino for Left Hand’ for Cohen after she lost the use of her right hand in 1948.

📷 by Joan Craven, circa 1930-1935

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of Henry VII - the earliest painting in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection. 🎨 King ...
01/12/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of Henry VII - the earliest painting in the National Portrait Gallery's Collection.

🎨 King Henry VII by Unknown Netherlandish artist, 1505 © National Portrait Gallery, London

“It shows my sister-in-law with her grandmother (Dadi in Punjabi) meeting after months of being apart. In this moment I ...
30/11/2020

“It shows my sister-in-law with her grandmother (Dadi in Punjabi) meeting after months of being apart. In this moment I felt the depth of love they feel for each other, captured by both the joy and longing in their eyes.”

📷 Dadi’s Love by Simran Janjua, London

#HoldStill2020

Discover our great selection of Tudor-inspired #Christmasgifts this #MuseumShopSunday.🎁🎄 https://bit.ly/3mq9LXh🎅 Final o...
29/11/2020

Discover our great selection of Tudor-inspired #Christmasgifts this #MuseumShopSunday.

🎁🎄 https://bit.ly/3mq9LXh

🎅 Final orders for standard UK delivery by 21st Dec

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.In the 1980s, the Gallery embarked on an active po...
28/11/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.

In the 1980s, the Gallery embarked on an active policy of commissioning portraits of scientists. One of the first such commissions was of Stephen Hawking, who at the time was known only to specialists for his distinguished work on relativity. Three years after this portrait was painted Hawking published ‘A Brief History of Time’ (1988) – a book that made him a household name.

🎨 Stephen Hawking by Yolanda Sonnabend, 1985

Jimi Hendrix was born #onthisday in 1942.⁠Hendrix, known for his dandyish looks and groundbreaking guitar playing, becam...
27/11/2020

Jimi Hendrix was born #onthisday in 1942.⁠

Hendrix, known for his dandyish looks and groundbreaking guitar playing, became an icon for the social liberation of the sixties. His hits with the Jimi Hendrix Experience included ‘Are You Experienced?’ (1967) ‘Axis: Bold As Love’ (1967) and ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968).

📷 Jimi Hendrix by Ian Wright, 2 February 1967 © Ian Wright / National Portrait Gallery, London

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photo...
26/11/2020

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography from around the world.

Explore the virtual exhibition today ➡️ http://ow.ly/qYdV50Cvw5X

📷 'Self-portrait as My Father' by Silvia Rosi © Silvia Rosi

“A single parent household, with 3 children living in a second floor flat. We have spent many of our days on here apprec...
25/11/2020

“A single parent household, with 3 children living in a second floor flat. We have spent many of our days on here appreciating this small confined outdoor space.”

📷 Outdoor Space by Val Azisi, from Hampshire

Discover #HoldStill2020 ➡️ www.npg.org.uk/HoldStill

Third prize goes to Yolanda Y. Liou for ‘Enam Ewura Adjoa Asiama’. Yolanda’s portrait is from a collaborative on-going p...
24/11/2020

Third prize goes to Yolanda Y. Liou for ‘Enam Ewura Adjoa Asiama’. Yolanda’s portrait is from a collaborative on-going project ‘Thank You For Playing With Me’ with artists Enam Ewura Adjoa Asiama (the sitter) and Vanessa Charnell Marshall Russell.

Discover the award winning #PhotoPrize works in our online exhibition ⭐️ www.npg.org.uk/photoprize ⭐️

Second prize for this year's #PhotoPrize is awarded to Lydia Goldblatt. Lydia’s portrait ‘Eden’ is part of a larger seri...
24/11/2020

Second prize for this year's #PhotoPrize is awarded to Lydia Goldblatt. Lydia’s portrait ‘Eden’ is part of a larger series made during 2020, titled ‘Fugue’ – an exploration of intimacy and distance, brought to the fore through lockdown and Covid-19.

Congratulations to Alys Tomlinson winner of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for her works ‘Samuel...
24/11/2020

Congratulations to Alys Tomlinson winner of this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for her works ‘Samuel’, ‘Jack’ and ‘Jameela’ from the series ‘Lost Summer’.

⭐️ Reflecting on her work Tomlinson says “There is a quietness to the images and they represent a loss and longing, but also celebrate each teenager as an individual, navigating this extraordinary time.” #PhotoPrize

Our #Portraitoftheday is of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.Paolozzi was a printmaker, sculptor and inspirational teacher; a founde...
23/11/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

Paolozzi was a printmaker, sculptor and inspirational teacher; a founder of the Pop Art movement he used images from popular culture and the commercial world for his collage-based work. His striking works can be enjoyed across London – from the colourful mosaics that brighten Tottenham Court Road tube station, to public sculptures at the British Library and Euston station.

🎨 Sir Eduardo Paolozzi by Cathleen Sabine Mann, circa 1952

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”⁠⁠Mary Ann Cross (née Evans), known by he...
22/11/2020

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”⁠

Mary Ann Cross (née Evans), known by her pen name George Eliot, was born #onthisday 1819.

George Eliot by Sir Frederic Williams Burton, 1865, © National Portrait Gallery, London

“During lockdown, my dad became one with our garden and inspired us as a family to pitch in and come closer together in ...
21/11/2020

“During lockdown, my dad became one with our garden and inspired us as a family to pitch in and come closer together in this time…”

📷 ‘The Gardener’ by Phoebe Costard, from Berkshire

Discover the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits ➡️ http://ow.ly/XcC850CqoLe

Today’s #portraitoftheday is St. Lucian poet, playwright, theatre director and #NobelPrize winner Derek Walcott.🎨  Derek...
20/11/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is St. Lucian poet, playwright, theatre director and #NobelPrize winner Derek Walcott.

🎨 Derek Walcott ('The Sun Poet') by Ross Wilson, 1997

'Such a joyful and heart-warming photograph of admiration and devotion.'📷 One Team by Matt Utton and Jennifer O'Sullivan...
19/11/2020

'Such a joyful and heart-warming photograph of admiration and devotion.'

📷 One Team by Matt Utton and Jennifer O'Sullivan, from London

Gallery Director and judge Dr Nicholas Cullinan shares his personal highlights from #HoldStill2020 ⭐http://ow.ly/yEQC50Cp03N

Check-in next Tuesday at 10am as we announce the winner of this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020. ...
18/11/2020

Check-in next Tuesday at 10am as we announce the winner of this year's Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020.

The shortlisted artists (from left -right) are...

⭐'Eden' by Lydia Goldblatt
⭐'Enam Ewura Adjoa Asiama' by Yolanda Y. Liou
⭐ 'Samuel,' 'Jack' and 'Jameela' from the series 'Lost Summer' by Alys Tomlinson

"The title 'Ilaw ng Tahanan' translates as ‘the light of the home’, which describes the role of mothers in Filipino cult...
17/11/2020

"The title 'Ilaw ng Tahanan' translates as ‘the light of the home’, which describes the role of mothers in Filipino culture, as they are seen as bringing warmth and hope to the home.”

📷 Ilaw Ng Tahanan by Romina Amor Rabe, from Eastbourne, East Sussex

Discover the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits in our online exhibition ⭐ http://ow.ly/P6vi50CmDYC

Today’s #portraitoftheday is this compelling portrait of novelist and critic, Virginia Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell....
16/11/2020

Today’s #portraitoftheday is this compelling portrait of novelist and critic, Virginia Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell.

Virginia Woolf was a founding member of the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and intellectuals who from the first decade of the 20th century challenged convention. Woolf became a prolific author. Many of her novels, notably Night and Day, Jacob's Room, Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves, pioneered the use of the interior monologue, or 'stream of consciousness' and transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterisation. Her essay A Room of One's Own has become a classic of feminist literature

This portrait, painted while Woolf was working on her first novel, captures her in a private moment, leaning back in a chair knitting. The informality of the image provides an intimate glimpse of an individual who later became recognised as one of the greatest modernist writers of the 20th century. Subject throughout her life to episodes of mental illness, Woolf is revealed here as if inhabiting that secluded world from which her art would grow.

Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell, 1912 © National Portrait Gallery, London

“It's easy to forget how much we need our mouths to communicate and convey emotion, until there is a mask in front to pr...
15/11/2020

“It's easy to forget how much we need our mouths to communicate and convey emotion, until there is a mask in front to prevent it. I took this picture to show that our NHS and our nation can still find light in the darkest of times. Keep smiling and be haPPE!”

📷 HaPPE by Imogen Johnston from Liverpool, Merseyside

Head to our website to discover the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits: https://www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

Our #Portraitoftheday is artist Anna Zinkeisen.Painted in circa 1944, in this self-portrait, Zinkeisen looks out at the ...
14/11/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is artist Anna Zinkeisen.

Painted in circa 1944, in this self-portrait, Zinkeisen looks out at the viewer with a gaze that confidently positions her as artist, woman and worker. You’ll notice the artist’s use of light and colour directs us to her painting arm. Look even closer and you will see the bracelet around her wrist bears the insignia of the St John Ambulance Brigade, an organisation she volunteered for as a casualty nurse during the Second World War.

🎨 Anna Zinkeisen by Anna Zinkeisen, circa 1944

Gallery Director and #HoldStill2020 judge Dr Nicholas Cullinan reflected on the project’s themes of Our New Normal, Help...
13/11/2020

Gallery Director and #HoldStill2020 judge Dr Nicholas Cullinan reflected on the project’s themes of Our New Normal, Helpers and Heroes, and Acts of Kindness. Take a look: http://ow.ly/Wk9D50CjxGc

📷 Home Hair by Karni Arieli from Bristol

Buying from your favourite gallery or museum online shop is a great way to show your support, so #ShopMuseums to enjoy e...
12/11/2020

Buying from your favourite gallery or museum online shop is a great way to show your support, so #ShopMuseums to enjoy exclusive ranges of Collection inspired products.

⭐ Explore #ShopMuseums ➡️ or take a look at our shop https://npgshop.org.uk/

Today’s #Portraitoftheday is, India’s first female lawyer and social reformer, Cornelia Sorabji. 📷 Cornelia Sorabji by L...
12/11/2020

Today’s #Portraitoftheday is, India’s first female lawyer and social reformer, Cornelia Sorabji.

📷 Cornelia Sorabji by Lafayette, 20 June 1930

This #RemembranceDay discover the sitters in our Collection that gave the ultimate sacrifice during, or as a result of, ...
11/11/2020

This #RemembranceDay discover the sitters in our Collection that gave the ultimate sacrifice during, or as a result of, the #FirstWorldWar - ow.ly/UkgFc

#LestWeForget
🎨 Rupert Brooke by Clara Ewald, 1911

"There are infinite modes of expression in the world of art, and to insist that only by one road can the artist attain h...
10/11/2020

"There are infinite modes of expression in the world of art, and to insist that only by one road can the artist attain his ends is to limit him."

Jacob Epstein was born #onthisday in 1880.

📷 Jacob Epstein with plaster of 'Social Consciousness' by Ida Kar 1951-1953

“This is a studio portrait of Tendai, a recovery and anaesthetics nurse, who was born in Zimbabwe, and now lives in my l...
09/11/2020

“This is a studio portrait of Tendai, a recovery and anaesthetics nurse, who was born in Zimbabwe, and now lives in my local town - Reading, Berkshire. I wanted to portray her caring side as well as a look of concern and uncertainty that many of us have experienced during this pandemic."

📷 At the End of a Shift by Neil Palmer from Reading, Berkshire

Discover the final 100 #HoldStill2020 portraits: http://ow.ly/7Zjz50CdzOZ

Dame Maud McCarthy was Matron-in-Chief for the British Armies throughout #WW1, travelling on the first troopship to Fran...
08/11/2020

Dame Maud McCarthy was Matron-in-Chief for the British Armies throughout #WW1, travelling on the first troopship to France in 1914. By 1918 she was in charge of 6,500 nurses dealing with battle wounds, the threat of infection, and gas attacks. #RemembranceSunday

🎨 by Frank Salisbury

Marie Sklodowska Curie, chemist, physicist and Nobel Prize winner, was born #onthisday in 1867.
07/11/2020

Marie Sklodowska Curie, chemist, physicist and Nobel Prize winner, was born #onthisday in 1867.

Our #Portraitoftheday is Karin Jonzen’s 1971 bust of cricketer, politician, lawyer and high commissioner of Trinidad & T...
06/11/2020

Our #Portraitoftheday is Karin Jonzen’s 1971 bust of cricketer, politician, lawyer and high commissioner of Trinidad & Tobago, Learie Constantine.

“Remember, Remember the fifth of November”This print, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, includes the only contemporary por...
05/11/2020

“Remember, Remember the fifth of November”

This print, by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, includes the only contemporary portrait of Guy Fawkes and other members of the plot to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Look closer and you'll notice the names of the conspirators inscribed in Latin above their portraits. The text below describes the events of the plot and the fate of those involved. Look again, and you'll see it is written in Latin, French and German, which indicates the international audience for this image.

🎨 The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605 by Crispijn de Passe the Elder, circa 1605

For this month’s #Portraitofthday series we will be focusing on the 20th century portraits in our Collection. ⭐Tell us y...
04/11/2020

For this month’s #Portraitofthday series we will be focusing on the 20th century portraits in our Collection. ⭐Tell us your favourite for a chance to feature...

🎨 Sir Kazuo Ishiguro by Peter Edwards, 1995

03/11/2020

We are delighted to announce that Lydia Goldblatt, Yolanda Y. Liou, and Alys Tomlinson have been shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020. The winner will be announced digitally on Tuesday 24 November.

📷 Head to our website to learn more about this year's #PhotoPrize finalists: www.npg.org.uk/photoprize

We are proud to be one of the galleries exhibiting ‘The National Lottery’s Portraits of the People’ @LotteryGoodCauses b...
02/11/2020

We are proud to be one of the galleries exhibiting ‘The National Lottery’s Portraits of the People’ @LotteryGoodCauses by photographer Chris Floyd which launches online today, celebrating this year’s unheralded champions of the arts sector, #ThanksToYou. Click here to view the full collection: http://ow.ly/qEEN50C9fzY

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Thank You for the amazing Photographs in the #HoldStill2020 collection. They are truly inspiring, I cried the whole way through.............. As an American I can only wish and hope that our country can one day show community as you have with this project❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎💝
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Hold-Still 2020, Entries closed 18th June! I"ve sumit my picture! Buenas Suerte!!!