Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
The catalogue can be searched either by sitter name or by scrolling down an A – Z listing to view entries that are currently available. You can alternatively search by keyword and choose to restrict your search to a specific area of the database entry for each sitter or portrait. Each entry consists of detailed accounts of portraits in the Gallery’s collection, a comprehensive listing of other known portraits of the sitter, a biography and full set of bibliographical references.
View by Professional category
At present we have over 200 entries of medical figures, artists and art world figures, travellers and explorers, philanthropists and social reformers and some figures from the performing arts.
If you are having trouble locating a sitter, try searching just by the surname.
Alternatively you can review precisely who is featured on the View A-Z of all sitters in Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue link
If you are searching for a keyword, try avoiding abbreviations, such as R.A. in favour of the full name of Royal Academy.
- Performing Arts (see published entry for Dame Ellen Terry, generously supported by the Finnis Scott Foundation)
- Literary Lives. This ambitious new phase of the Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue will focus on twelve of the leading novelists of the period including George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Other areas of national life (subject to obtaining funding, see Foreword)