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From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800
11 January–23 August 2020
Bader Gallery


Thursday 16 January 2020
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

Curated by Maxime Valsamas

In recognition of a number of spectacular acquisitions in recent years, From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800 investigates the evolution of the painted and printed portrait in Britain. The desire to fashion the self, record achievement and cultivate fame has appealed to British citizens since the early modern era. Accordingly, this show explores the fundamental issues of identity—gender, class and status—by presenting portraits by Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and others in the context of evolving national and cultural boundaries.

The exhibition is divided into five themes: Dutch and Flemish Influences, Kneller and His Impact, Authors, Fashion, and Royalty.



Installation view of From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800

Dutch and Flemish Influences