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Discover the Victorians and Edwardians

Explore the Gallery's Collection by the Victorian and Edwardian Period


Introduction into the Victorian and Edwardian period (1837-1910), covering stories of significant changes in the country while focusing on some of the key figures in the Collection.

Victorians and Edwardians Tour

Discover a selection of 12 portraits from the Victorian and Edwardian period.

Vanity Fair

The Gallery has a complete run of 2,387 Vanity Fair chromolithographs, search them here

Monarchs timeline

This timeline will take you through the Victorian and Edwardian Monarchs who reigned between 1837-1910.

Victorian and Edwardian blog

Read posts from curators and archivists about the Victorian and Edwardians

Tell us More - Silvy Sitters

Help us identify the sitters who visited Camille Silvy’s photographic studio during the 1860s

A Private View

See how this room at the Royal Academy has changed through time

A Picture of Health

A timeline of pioneers in medicine, health and social reform (1840 - 1920)

William Morris and his Legacy timeline

Learn more about artist- craftsman William Morris in this timeline

John Singer Sargent timeline

Explore exhibition curator Richard Ormond’s timeline of Sargent’s life and career.

George Frederic Watts

Explore the life of this Victorian Michaelangelo

People, Portraits and Abolition

Explore highlights from the Collection of some of the individuals who have been associated with the history of the slave trade