National Portrait Gallery Presents The John Partridge Sketchbook, 1823-27

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LONDON.- Drawings from a sketchbook belonging to the portrait painter John Partridge (1789-1872) will be shown for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery starting today. The sketchbook, from Partridge’s tour of Italy, will form part of a new display highlighting a dynamic group of British artists and sculptors who lived and worked in Rome during the 1820s. John Partridge lived in Italy between 1823 and 1827 to advance his training and reputation by prolonged study of Old Master paintings. Upon reaching Rome he mixed with a like-minded group of ambitious British artists. Both Partridge and these artists recorded their responses to the art and culture of Italy in his sketchbook. These drawings offer an insight to the group’s male friendships, shared experience and mutual artistic endeavours in Italy during the mid-1820s. The display will contain six pencil portrait drawings of the group of artists, several Italian scenes a