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Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol October 7, 2018–January 27, 2019


FOR EXHIBITION PAGE ONLY Tudors to Windsors (installation) QEI “Ditchley Portrait”

Installation view of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, featuring Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Queen Elizabeth I (“The Ditchley Portrait”), c. 1592, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Terence Donovan, Diana, Princess of Wales, 1990, bromide print, National Portrait Gallery, London, given by the photographer’s widow, Diana Donovan. © Terence Donovan Archive

Patrick Lichfield, India Amanda Caroline Hicks; Sarah-Jane Gaselee; Diana, Pricess of Wales; Clementine Hambro; Queen Elizabeth II, 29 July 1981, cibachrome print, National Portrait Gallery, London. © Patrick Lichfield

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Henry VIII, 1540, oil on wood, Palazzo Barberini, Rome.

Cecil Beaton, Queen Elizabeth II, 1953, semi-matte cibachrome print, National Portrait Gallery, London. © Cecil Beaton / Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Studio of Allan Ramsay, King George III, 1761–62, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Studio of Allan Ramsay, Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1761–62, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Installation view of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol, featuring Paul Delaroche, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, 1833, oil on canvas, National Gallery, London.

Beatrice Johnson and Dorothy Wilding, Queen Elizabeth II, 1952, hand-colored bromide print, National Portrait Gallery, London. © William Hustler and Georgina Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Elliot, Winston Churchill, 1943, bromide print, National Portrait Gallery, London. © Estate of Robert Elliot / National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir James Gunn, Conversation Piece at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, 1950, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, London. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Installation view of Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol.

Información en español sobre la exposición

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol sheds new light on changing ideas of monarchy and nationhood in Britain. The exhibition features portraits of British royalty spanning 500 years, by artists from Hans Holbein and Sir Joshua Reynolds to Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol.

In a sweeping survey, Tudors to Windsors covers the cavalcade of kings, queens, princes, and princesses who have graced the British crown. The MFAH is the only U.S. venue to host this unprecedented exhibition, part of a major partnership with the National Portrait Gallery in London. Some 150 objects—most never before seen outside of England—tell the story of Britain’s monarchy through masterworks of painting, sculpture, and photography.

Visitors have an extraordinary opportunity to come face-to-face with the fascinating figures of British royalty. Tudors to Windsors explores four royal dynasties: the House of Tudor (1485–1603), the House of Stuart (1603–1714), the House of Hanover (1714–1901), and the present-day House of Windsor. Among the many works of art on view are portraits featuring King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King George I, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Prince William.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol | October 7, 2018–January 27, 2019

► Publication
For information about the illustrated exhibition catalogue, contact the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) or the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325).

 Treat Yourself at the MFA Café
• Stop by for a slice of cake inspired by royal wedding cakes of the past and present. Flavors change daily, offering options such as lemon olive-oil cake with elderflower cream; fruitcake infused with Earl Grey tea; and Victoria sponge cake.
• Relax with Afternoon Tea on weekdays, Tuesday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a pot of hot tea along with sweets, a meat pie, a tea sandwich, and a scone for $11. 

Audio Tour
The optional audio tour delves deeper into selected works of art, with commentary and insights from MFAH curators. Offered in both English and Spanish. Included in the ticket price, based on availability. Audio-tour players are located at the exhibition entrance​.

► Exhibition Admission
Tickets, available online and on-site, include Museum general admission.

  Tuesday/Wednesday Only   Any Day Tickets 
MFAH Member (Join now!)  Free  Free 
Adult (19+)  $18 $23
Senior (65+ with ID), Military (with ID), 
College Student (19+ with ID), Youth (13–18)
 $15 $18
Child (12 & younger)  Free Free

 

  • A Tuesday/Wednesday ticket is valid for one entry on a Tuesday or Wednesday. In the event the Museum is open on a Monday holiday, tickets for that day are the same price as Tuesday/Wednesday.
  • An Any Day ticket can be used on any day the Museum is open, during regular hours.

This exhibition is organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Major Corporate Sponsor: 

Rand Group


Generous support provided by: 
M.D. Anderson Foundation
Baker McKenzie
CHRISTIE’S
Carol and Mike Linn
De Beers Jewellers

Official Promotional Partner:

Houston Public Media

 

National Portrait Gallery               

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 

 

Location

Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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