I have never been to a bad exhibition at the NPG, it is a very reliable pair of hands when it comes to crafting small, riveting exhibitions. The V&A are going have to pull out some stops to beat the NPG's gorgeous Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition. Anyway, back to Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends...
|Madame Ramon Subercaseaux (1880)|
|Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife (1885)|
|Portraits de MEP...et de Mlle LP (1881)|
|Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (1885-6)|
|Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth (1889)|
|Mrs George Batten Singing (1897)|
If you see one exhibition in London this spring, please make it this one. It's gorgeous, thrilling and thoroughly enagaging. I was particularly impressed that the shop boasts not only the expensive catalogue but also a £10 mini-guide with all the images illustrated, together with a brief piece on each. If you can't make it to the exhibition, the little book is well illustrated and very interesting. Bravo NPG!
To find out more about Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends visit the website here.