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    Posted: 08 Mar 2011 at 01:31
Does your country have a national archive of portraits?
 
In Sweden we have The Swedish Archive of Portraits, an archive with painted, drawn or sculptured portraits of Swedes and others living in Sweden, or with connection to Sweden, from the 16th century up to today. In the archive around 95 000 portraits are registered and 65 000 of them are photographed. The mainpart of the portraits are older than 1850, especially many are from the 17th and 18th centuries. Added to many portraits are also different biographical notes and facts.
 
The archive is administered by the Swedish National Museum. It is an important resource for different kinds of research.
 
Bild: Oscaria Fredrica Leopoldina Michaeli 1828-1895, Amalia Lindengren. SPA 2009-76’
A portrait of Oscaria Fredrica Leopoldina Michaeli 1828-1895
 
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The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is a section of the Smithsonian Institution but then one can not forget the grandaddy of all such pictorial excesses, the National Portrait Gallery in London, founded in 1856 as the brainchild of the 5th Earl Stanhope. However, neither of these insitutions deal with "derivatives" and push photographs but are instead the actual title holders of the originals. Nice try Carcharadon but the Swedish National Museum does not qualify as an actual National Portrait Gallery and is little more than research bank leaving little pleasure to the eye--but considerable eye strain, naturally.
 
 
Such a descriptive would be akin to calling the Museo del Prado a national portrait gallery because of all of those Habsburgs hanging on its walls.


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I'm not sure what you mean by 'push' photoraphs.
 
The National Portrait Gallery in London has an excellen archive of photographic portraits. Back in my art editing days I even thought one time of applying for the job of running it.
 
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Well gcle the response was in answer to Carch's presentation which does not reference a photography collection but instead asserts photographs of original art-work. Like the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution also has a vast collection on historical photography but such is not what the C said. Instead, he talks about pictures of originals with a lot of "fine print" describing the primary object represented by a photograph.
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Originally posted by drgonzaga drgonzaga wrote:

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is a section of the Smithsonian Institution but then one can not forget the grandaddy of all such pictorial excesses, the National Portrait Gallery in London, founded in 1856 as the brainchild of the 5th Earl Stanhope. However, neither of these insitutions deal with "derivatives" and push photographs but are instead the actual title holders of the originals. Nice try Carcharadon but the Swedish National Museum does not qualify as an actual National Portrait Gallery and is little more than research bank leaving little pleasure to the eye--but considerable eye strain, naturally.
 
 
Such a descriptive would be akin to calling the Museo del Prado a national portrait gallery because of all of those Habsburgs hanging on its walls.
 
Swedens archive of portraits is as you point out not a gallery, it is more a sort of index of portraits from both the museum itself and  from a lot of other places: other museums and private collections. It is a good resource for research and gives an overall view (even if it is not complete) of the stock of portraits in the whole country.
 
But if you want to see all the portraits yourself, you have to travel around the country and knock on many doors.
 
 
 


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