‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits’ exhibition at the ‘Bendigo Art Gallery’, Australia, opened on Saturday and runs until 14th July.
‘Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change. Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, the exhibition will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. This exhibition also offers insight into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz.
To bring these royal figures to life, Bendigo Art Gallery has secured key loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects which will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.’
From Bendigo Art Gallery
The exhibition includes the portrait of Lady Jane that was discovered in a house in Streatham in January 2006 and was purchased later that year by the National Portrait Gallery.
The portrait was first on display in Room 3 of the Tudor Galleries from spring 2007 to April 2009 and then at the entrance to the ‘Lady Jane Grey’ display from December 2009 until 15th August 2010.
Between March 2013 and May 2014 it was on display at Montacute House in Somerset. It was back in Room 3 at the National Portrait Gallery as part of ‘The Real Tudors: Kings & Queens Rediscovered’ exhibition from 12 September 2014 until 1st March 2015. The portrait returned to Room 2 of Montacute House in the late spring of 2015.
From October 7th 2018 to 27th January 2019, the painting was on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as part of the ‘Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol’ exhibition.
For more information about the exhibition and to buy tickets: Tudors to Windsors: Bendigo Art Gallery
To see which portraits are on display from the National Portrait Gallery: National Portrait Gallery – Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia