NPG acquires Duchess of Cambridge Vogue portraits

26 June 2016

Industry news

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired, as a gift from the photographer Josh Olins, five of the photographic portraits of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge commissioned for the June 2016 centenary issue of British Vogue as a collaboration between the magazine, the National Portrait Gallery and The Duchess. Three of the portraits are now on view at the Gallery.

The portraits by British photographer - and RPS member - Josh Olins were shot in the Norfolk countryside as part of a portfolio of seven images commissioned for British Vogue, two of which were also displayed for a limited period in the Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibition, which, with 152,290 visitors, was one of the most successful exhibitions in the Gallery’s history.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012, one of the first patronages taken on after her marriage to HRH The Prince William, recognising her interest in photography and portraiture.

British Vogue’s centenary June issue adds to their record of royal portraiture with the work of Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Lord Snowdon, Patrick Demarchelier and Mario Testino.

Two of the portraits of The Duchess by Josh Olins can also be seen in the exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style which tours to Manchester Art Gallery from 24 June until 30 October 2016.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge by Josh Olins
Main Hall, National Portrait Gallery until Wednesday 27 July 2016, Admission free.

Image: © Jorge Herrera, 2016. (from left) Alexandra Shulman, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, photographer Josh Olins and Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, at National Portrait Gallery.