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28th June 2024

A while ago, Andrew Graham-Dixon wrote apropos of 'The Swagger Portrait' exhibition in 1992 at the Tate that "the tragedy of modern British portraiture may not be, exactly, that the swagger portrait died out - but, rather, that the more worthy, less adventurous, Protestant version finally won the day". Girton College in Cambridge would be the last to agree with his view of contemporary portraiture; it houses the marvellous People's Portraits collection (open daily to the public). It ties in with the focus in so many of our book on on ordinary, unexceptional lives. This is dinner lady Joy (2010, Girton College) by Robin Lee-Hall. 

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