Tuesday 13th October – 31st meeting of 2015
After seven of us met at Charing Cross we went straight to National Portrait Gallery to purchase our tickets for the photographic exhibition of Audrey Hepburn. This was the last week of this exhibition so as expected the queue was pretty long. We got tickets for an 11.30 am slot so then went to St Martin’s Crypt for a coffee and chat. We re-arranged some of our weeks up until Christmas to make sure we don’t miss any ‘must-do’s’!
Back to National Portrait Gallery and on our way to the exhibition we looked at some of the displays. In particular the painting of Kate Middleton, which I think is really beautiful, such a good likeness.
The Audrey Hepburn photographs where set in three rooms. There are 35 rare photos which have been loaned to the Gallery by her sons. Starting with her childhood days, onto her stage performances, her film career, private life and her UNICEF work.
The most striking thing that showed in all the photographs was how beautiful she was. Her film career was enormous starring in such films as Gigi, My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany’s to name a few. Most of the photographs were in black and white with just a few colour ones. There was a whole wall of her on the front cover of Magazines such as Vogue and Post.
It was very crowded in the rooms and at times it was difficult to get close enough to read the information accompanying the photographs. Maybe it being the last week many people had decided to visit.
From her we went back to Charing Cross for our trains home and passed the new sculpture on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square. A skeleton of a dinosaur which one I’m sorry to say I had now idea but I liked it!
A very pleasant morning looking at one of our finest actresses who truly is an icon!