National Portrait Gallery hosts Simon Schama's Face of Britain exhibition

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2015-10-07 12:48:34

London's National Portrait gallery has joined forces with the eminent historian Simon Schama to present an exhibition exploring the faces of Britain history.

The free exhibition, staged across three floors and five themed displays, has been organized to coincide with Schama's latest book and five-part BBC documentary Face of Britain, which explores the history of the nation through its portraiture.

The exhibition includes more than 120 portraits from the gallery's permanent collection, along with several notable works loaned from elsewhere.

Displayed together thematically, the works illustrate centuries of British history through the headings of Power, People, Fame, Love and Self.

The eclectic nature of the exhibition will see Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Thatcher rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Elizabeth I and Francis Drake with Princess Diana and Lewis Carroll's original 'Alice', Alice Liddell; and countless people across the spectrums of class, race and religion, from suffragettes and boxers to immigrants and war veterans.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the Gallery and has allowed us to look at our remarkable Collections in new ways; from grand portraits of monarchs, insightful images of statesmen, writers, actors and reformers, to early photographs of street criers," said Dr Tarnya Cooper, Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Simon Schama whose vision and expertise has brought this project to fruition.’

Face of Britain runs at the National Portrait gallery until January 4, 2016.

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