2019 December: Reception and Book Launch

On 17 December 2019 the annual reception took place in the 

Residence of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, London

It celebrated the publication of The Splendor of St Petersburg. Art & Life in Late Imperial Palaces of Russia, by Thierry Morel and Elizaveta Renne.

Elizaveta Renne is curator of British and Scandinavian painting at the Hermitage. Her catalogue of British pictures was published by Yale University Press with the support of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2011. Thierry Morel is Director of the Hermitage Museum Foundation in the US.


2019 November: Gauguin Portraits


National Gallery
Wednesday, 20th November : 9.00 a.m

A private view of the first-ever exhibition devoted to the portraits of Paul Gauguin.

Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait. 

By adding carefully selected attributes or placing the sitter into a suggestive context Gauguin was able to make portraits that expressed meaning beyond their personalities. A group of self portraits, for example, reveals how Gauguin created a range of personifications including his self-image as 'Christ in the Garden of Olives', 1889 (Norton Gallery of Art, West Palm Beach).

Featuring about fifty works, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, and three-dimensional objects in a variety of media, from public and private collections worldwide.

It also brings together multiple works of the same sitter from different collections scattered across the world, giving us the opportunity to see how Gauguin interpreted a model in different media over time.





2019 September: Leonardo da Vinci


TUESDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2019: 8.30 am

This private tour was led by Martin Clayton, curator of this exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, at The Queen's Gallery. More than 200 drawings were on display, the largest exhibition of the artist's work in over 65 years. It explored the full range of Leonardo's interests - painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany - providing a comprehensive survey of his life and a unique insight into the workings of his mind.

Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, said 'The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci are both beautiful and the main source of our knowledge of the artist. We hope that as many people as possible will take this unique opportunity to see these extraordinary works, which allow us to enter one of the greatest minds in history'