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Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

A Century of Photography 1840 - 1940

Room 29 The photographs in this room have been chosen to illustrate photography's expressive power. The best photographs show us not just what a person looked like, but also provide a window on their character, giving us a sense of what it might have been like to be in their prescience. This is one of the great paradoxes of photographic portraiture – that something of a person's spirit, thought, and feeling might be glimpsed in one, carefully chosen moment in time.

Room introduction

See also: Room 29: wallcase

27 portraits on display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Spiridone Gambardella, attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling - NPG P171(13)

Spiridone Gambardella

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P171(13)

Frances Hughes, attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling - NPG P171(54)

Frances Hughes

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P171(54)

The old gardener Simpson....and his wife, by George Washington Wilson - NPG P22(14)

The old gardener Simpson....and his wife

by George Washington Wilson
albumen print, 1854
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P22(14)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, by Robert Howlett - NPG P112

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

by Robert Howlett
albumen print, November 1857
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P112

Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) - NPG P40

Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
albumen print, 28 September 1857
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P40

(Myles) Birket Foster, by David Wilkie Wynfield - NPG P99

(Myles) Birket Foster

by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, circa 1863
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P99

Aubrey Beardsley, by Frederick Henry Evans - NPG P115

Aubrey Beardsley

by Frederick Henry Evans
platinum print, 1894
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P115

Edward Carpenter, by Alvin Langdon Coburn - NPG P48

Edward Carpenter

by Alvin Langdon Coburn
gum platinum print, 1905
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P48

Josef Holbrooke, by Walter Benington - NPG P983

Josef Holbrooke

by Walter Benington
gelatin silver print, late 1910s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P983

D.H. Lawrence, by Edward Weston - NPG P1028

D.H. Lawrence

by Edward Weston
gelatin silver print, 1924
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1028

Tilly Losch, by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé - NPG P1995

Tilly Losch

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
gelatin silver print, 7 May 1928
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1995

Elsa Schiaparelli, by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) - NPG P2019

Elsa Schiaparelli

by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
gelatin silver print, circa 1930
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P2019

Aldous Huxley, by Howard Coster - NPG P714

Aldous Huxley

by Howard Coster
gelatin silver print, 1934
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P714

Jimmy Miller, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG x18763

Jimmy Miller

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1840s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18763

May Prinsep, by Julia Margaret Cameron - NPG x18015

May Prinsep

by Julia Margaret Cameron
albumen print, 1866
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18015

'Cinderella' (Beatrice Buckstone (Mrs Walter Warren)), by Rupert Potter - NPG x131242

'Cinderella' (Beatrice Buckstone (Mrs Walter Warren))

by Rupert Potter
printing-out paper print, 1881
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x131242

Adelaide Passingham, by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) - NPG Ax36315

Adelaide Passingham

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, early 1890s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax36315

(Mary) Gladys Storey with a maid, by Unknown photographer - NPG x32716

(Mary) Gladys Storey with a maid

by Unknown photographer
Cyanotype, circa mid 1890s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x32716

Unidentified man, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128847

Unidentified man

by Cavendish Morton
platinum print, 1900s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x128847

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x4600

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1902
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x4600