First Actresses at the National Portrait Gallery

Thought readers of The Long Eighteenth might be interested in this. Even if you can’t get to London, you can look at the web site:

OPENING THIS MONTH…

THE FIRST ACTRESSES: NELL GWYN TO SARAH SIDDONS

The First Actressespresents a vivid spectacle of femininity, fashion and theatricality in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain.Taking centre stage are the intriguing and notorious female performers of the period whose lives outside of the theatre ranged from royal mistresses to admired writers and businesswomen. The exhibition reveals the many ways in which these early celebrities used portraiture to enhance their reputations, deflect scandal and create their professional identities.

Opens 20 October 2011
Admission £11/£10/£9
Free for Gallery Supporters
Supported by the Patrons of the National Portrait Gallery

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