Past Events

Regarding the Regency: The Possibilities of Portraiture in 'this Age of Personality'


  • 17 to 18 October 2003
  • 10:00 – 7:00 pm
  • National Portrait Gallery, London
Three quarter portrait of man in red furlined coat

Sir Thomas Lawrence, portrait of John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, 2nd Baron Bloomfield, 1819, oil on canvas, NPG 1408

Digital image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, London

In association with the National Portrait Gallery, the Centre is organising a two-day conference to celebrate the reopening, in May 2003, of the National Portrait Gallery's newly refurbished and redesigned display of Regency pictures. The conference will examine the nature of portraiture in a period which although familiar is ill-defined as an historical concept. The speakers will consider portraiture in relation to areas such as the art, the reception and historiography of Sir Thomas Lawrence; personality and the creation of celebrity; propaganda and reform; and the subversion of the genre of portraiture.