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Nicola Benedetti (b. 1987)
© Emma Hardy

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Nicola Benedetti (b. 1987) 28th August 2006

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This photograph of violinist Nicola Benedetti was commissioned as part of a portfolio of portraits of exceptional young Britons. The project was a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the European Editor of Teen Vogue, Jenny Dyson. Born in West Kilbride, Benedetti started playing the violin aged four. When she was sixteen she became the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year, and has since gone on to release several albums. Framed against the door, Benedetti is captured in a moment of solitude and contemplation, far removed from her public persona. Hardy recalled the experience of photographing these young people: “My pictures try to reflect the lows and the struggle of their journey, as well as the highs...”

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When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Commission, Portfolio


  • Acc. No. PGP 381.1
  • Medium Colour photograph (C-type print)
  • Size 47.30 x 37.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased from the photographer 2007