Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century

18 November 2013 - 13 July 2014

Room 24: case display

Free



James Holman, by Maull & Polyblank, circa 1855 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

James Holman
by Maull & Polyblank
circa 1855
NPG P106(11)

This display explores portraiture of prominent blind and visually-impaired people in the nineteenth century, active in the world of art, education, travel and politics, with a special focus on James Holman (1786-1857) and Henry Fawcett (1833-84). Highlighting their remarkable biographies, the display highlights how these sitters resisted limiting stereotypes to portray a positive and enabling image of blindness.

© National Portrait Gallery, London