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Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery

A Century of Photography 1840 - 1940

Room 29The 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 Find out more about the display A Century of Photography 1840 - 1940

See also: Room 29: wallcase

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

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Jane Baillie Carlyle (née Welsh), attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling - NPG P171(21)

Jane Baillie Carlyle (née Welsh)

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P171(21)

Unknown man, attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling - NPG P171(22)

Unknown man

attributed to Sir Anthony Coningham Sterling
salt print, late 1840s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P171(22)

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

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

James Duncan; Thomas Duncan, by David Octavius Hill, and  Robert Adamson - NPG x18779

James Duncan; Thomas Duncan

by David Octavius Hill, and Robert Adamson
calotype, 1843-1844
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18779

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 Sothern Fanny Buckstone (Mrs Walter Warren)), by Rupert Potter - NPG x131242

'Cinderella' (Beatrice Sothern Fanny 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, by Unknown photographer - NPG x32778

(Mary) Gladys Storey

by Unknown photographer
Cyanotype, mid 1890s
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x32778

Unknown man, by Cavendish Morton - NPG x128847

Unknown 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

Walter de la Mare, by Hector Ernest Murchison - NPG x13379

Walter de la Mare

by Hector Ernest Murchison
gum bichromate print, 1912
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x13379