An Audrey Hepburn Exhibit will soon take center stage at London’s National Portrait Gallery


Audrey Hepburn will be honored in an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery through a special exhibit that revisit her life and career. Titled “Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon,” the exhibit will showcase 75 pieces including images, vintage magazine articles and posters and will span everything from her Dutch ballet career in Holland and her days as a London chorus girl to her famous films and her philanthropic work through UNICEF.

About 35 photos will be lent by Hepburn’s sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, taken by illustrious photographers like Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Angus McBean, Irving Penn and Norman Parkinson. This set features images of Hepburn at a dance recital, some of her early work as a fashion model, as well as behind-the-scenes photos by Mark Shaw from the set of “Sabrina.”

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The National Portrait Gallery’s Terence Pepper (Senior Special Adviser on Photographs) and Helen Trompeteler (Associate Curator of Photographs) have worked alongside Dotti and Ferrer for five years on this project. “I first met Luca in 2012 when he came to London to give a presentation on his book about his mother in Rome,” Pepper said, “This came out of a very ambitious exhibition staged in the city. We immediately bonded when he reminded me that I had included a photograph of his mother on the cover of my centenary book on Cecil Beaton in 2004. Shortly after, we were in touch with Sean, who, together with Luca, gave us access to their jointly owned Audrey Hepburn Estate Archive in California.”

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