British portraiture, c1600-1900, on site at Tate Britain, London

Ref: C2423272

Portraiture has probably been the most persistently popular genre of art in Britain. But what forms did it take? And how did it evolve over time? This session will look at a small selection of portraits covering a period of around three hundred years, and explore the changing approaches adopted by their artists and the varied expectations of their patrons.

Course aim

To view and discuss a selection of British portraits from different periods.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • recognise some of the main stylistic and artistic developments in British portrait painting
  • identify key features of the work of three portrait painters
  • look at examples of portraiture and comment sensibly on them

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The meeting point is the Manton Street entrance to the Tate.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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British portraiture, c1600-1900, on site at Tate Britain, London

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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