Serves as an introduction to the history of the self-portrait in the work of 40 women artists, from the mid-17th century to the present. It covers portraits in all media, from oil painting to photography, from drawings to sculpture, and includes works by artists such as Mary Beale and Gwen John.
Liz Rideal is Art Education Officer at the National Portrait Gallery and is also an artist. She has curated The Room in View and has had one-person exhibitions at the Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York, and the Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham. Professor Whitney Chadwick is an art historian. She has lectured and published widely in the areas of surrealism, feminism and contemporary art. Dr Frances Borzello is a writer on the social history of art. Her recent books include Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits (1998) and A World of Our Own: Women as Artists Since the Renaissance (2000).