Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Looking for something different to do whilst visiting the city? The National Portrait Gallery is hosting a thrilling exhibition, Victorian Giants, from March to May and featuring some of the best Victorian artists.

This major exhibition is the first to examine the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists: Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822–65) and Oscar Rejlander (1813–75).

Drawn from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history. Influenced by historical painting and frequently associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the four artists formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography.

Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederic Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The Gallery’s Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, has chosen a selection of photographs from the exhibition for this special Patron’s Trail. Her Royal Highness, an enthusiastic, amateur photographer, has written personal captions which will be displayed alongside her selected works. The Duchess has also written a foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

National Portrait Gallery is located just off Trafalgar Square and the exhibition is open from now until 20 May. Guests of the Strand Palace Hotel are in for a special treat with a two for one offer on entry tickets to the exhibition (usually £12).

 By National Portrait Gallery

Victorian Giants

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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