In 1996, the British Council - a government-funded body whose principal purpose is to promote British art and culture abroad - agreed to organise a touring exhibition of the work of Madame Yevonde. This consisted of no fewer than 63 colour images covering every aspect of her work, printed straight from the original VIVEX colour separation plates in the archive. The exhibition first toured the Continent of South America, visiting numerous cities in Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Mexico and Brazil. It was greeted everywhere with the utmost enthusiasm, nowhere more so than in Brazil, where over 75,000 people flocked to see it in the five cities which played host to the show.

On its return from South America, the exhibition spent three months in Munich, where the reception was no less enthusiastic than it had been in Brazil. This venue was then followed by a tour of Spain, taking in Santiago de Compostela, Jerez, Seville, Teneriffe and Madrid, where the tour ended in late February of this year. The next scheduled venue is Venice, where it is due to open in the first week of May and remain for ten weeks, before moving on to Innsbruck in Austria. In November of this year, it starts a six-month tour of Poland, followed shortly after by a tour of Slovakia. Negotiations are currently under way for a tour of Scandinavia and the Baltic States, and a request has also been received from Russia. This exhibition has been a resounding success from the very beginning, and it still has plenty of life left in it, with the whole of the Far East and Australasia still to be explored. However, it will not be touring the United States, as the British Council has no offices whatsoever there. It is therefore left to the Yevonde Portrait Archive to bring Madame Yevonde's work to the people of America.