Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

National Portrait Gallery

1 March – 20 May 2018

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This exhibition brings together work by four celebrated figures photographers of the Victorian era for the first time.

Photographic Study (Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden, early 1860s

The experimental approach to picture-making of Lewis Carroll (1832-98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-79), Oscar Rejlander (1813-75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65) has informed attitudes and approaches to photography ever since.

For the first time, their work is brought together in an exhibition considering the birth of art photography, featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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Opening times

Saturday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday Lates: 10am – 9pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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