Portrait: 1600 - 2000

04 Feb 12 - 19 Jan 13

Featuring portraits in a range of styles, from the 17th century right up to the present day, this exhibition will explore topics such as childhood and aristocracy. The exhibition will also include portraits of local figures, including a striking portrait of politician and writer Robert Spence Watson by Ralph Hedley. Other highlights of the exhibition will include works by prolific artists Sir John Lavery, Henry Perlee Parker and Angelica Kauffman.

This exhibition will feature some of the best portrait paintings from the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums collection, a selection of portrait miniatures and several important works on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.