The world will never not be fascinated and enchanted by Audrey Hepburn, who is the subject of a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibit will showcase 75 pictures, posters and old magazine articles of the actress and is expected to open early next month.
Audrey Hepburn: Portrait of an Icon will span Hepburn’s life, from her career in the Dutch ballet to her illustrious turn in Hollywood as well as the charitable works she did while she was alive. The show is five years in the making and members of Hepburn’s family have cooperated with the National Portrait Gallery, loaning photos from their personal collection. Images from Anthony Beauchamp, Richard Avedon, Norman Parkinson, Angus McBean and more photographers are all included in the show. The gallery’s senior special adviser Terence Pepper wanted to create an exhibit to satisfy Hepburn fans, mixing images they recognize of the late actress with pictures that have not been displayed.
“The majority of the prints on show have never before been exhibited in this country, including works by Bert Hardy for Picture Post, childhood photographs of her early dance career, and art images like Erwin Blumenfeld’s mirror portrait,” Pepper said. “The exhibition also includes several early photographs by then-little-known Beauchamp, who was the first established British photographer to shoot Hepburn as a fashion model and subsequently on several other occasions.”
Audrey Hepburn: Portrait of an Icon will run from July 2 to October 18.