Princes of Victorian Bohemia
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton
by David Wilkie Wynfield
albumen print, 1860s
© National Portrait Gallery, London
Past exhibition archive
28 January - 14 May 2000
In the 1860s the painter David Wilkie Wynfield produced a series of strikingly original photographic portraits of his artist contemporaries. He used a narrow depth-of-field, dramatic close-ups and historical costume to model his sitters in the image of the courtiers and noblemen painted by the Old Masters. Wynfield was one of the first photographers to use 'soft-focus' as a means to create artistic photography and his works inspired Julia Margaret Cameron.
A fully illustrated book by Juliet Hacking, curator of the exhibition, is available from the Gallery shop at the end of January, published by Prestel, price £19.95.