Gill Perry in New Zealand

Open Arts Archive Director Professor Gill Perry has been spreading the word about the Open Arts Archive in New Zealand as part of a lecture tour relating to The First Actresses, a major curated exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery last year.

Professor Perry talked about the show on Radio New Zealand.

The exhibition presented a vivid spectacle of femininity, fashion and theatricality in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England. It featured portraits of some of the best known female performers of the period, who ranged from royal mistresses to successful writers and businesswomen, and accomplished musicians. It explored the ways in which these early celebrities used portraiture to enhance their reputations, deflect scandal and increase their professional status.

Podcasts related to the exhibition are available on the Open Arts Archive:

Professor Judith Hawley discusses James Gillray’s ‘Dilettante Theatricals: – or – a Peep at the Green Room’, 1803, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Moira Goff discusses John Ellys’s Portrait of Hester Booth, c1722-25, the V&A Museum.

Dr Lucy Peltz discusses Daniel Gardner’s Three Witches from Macbeth, 1775, The National Portrait Gallery, London.

Dr Berta Joncus discusses Jeremiah Davison’s Portrait of Catherine (‘Kitty’) Clive, 1735, Longleat House.