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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : National Portrait Gallery, London : Room 10

Today we arrive National Portrait Gallery London – Arts in the early 18th century, for our Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Join us as we continue our journey into the history of Britain and its Monarchy. In this room, we explore the early 18th century. Presented here are our top three works to see here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these.

1. Sir Christopher Wren, circa 1711, by Sir Godfrey Kneller
2. George Vertue, 1733, by Jonathan Richardson
3. Elizabeth Carter, circa 1735-1741, by John Fayram

Image credit for artworks : National Portrait Gallery, London

Some fun facts about the Museum : 18th Century Arts

  • Early 18th century England saw a revival of interest in classical literature and art.
  • St Paul’s Cathedral opened at the end of the 17th century. And Sir Hames Thornhill was tasked with decorating the inside dome. This project, and landmark symbol of the Church of England, created much excitement among the masses.
  • Portraiture had long been a symbol of high society. The art form thus had continued royal patronage. Interestingly however, the British upper class and royalty in the 18th century preferred having their portraits painted by foreigners. Artists from Germany, the Netherlands and other parts of Europe were given commissions.
  • As a result of high demand for Continental style art, many English painter travelled to different parts of Europe. Here they studied and observed the styles of the European master. And often adopted certain techniques and brought them back home. With the hopes of securing more and higher value commissions.
  • The influence of Continental style was not only limited to art, but was also seen in architecture.

A Final Thought :

The early 18th century marked an evolution in tastes and preferences among the British public.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And also what you should see there.

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