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Room 22

The Hall of Fame: Celebrities and History Makers

Victorians believed that portraits could communicate the character of great historical figures. The foundation of the National Portrait Gallery in 1856 gave physical form to this idea by showcasing ‘portraits of the most eminent persons’ to inspire a sense of national pride in its visitors. The Hall of Fame was the title given to George Frederic Watts’s series of over 50 painted portraits of influential male contemporaries. Watts gradually donated them to the Gallery to commemorate those cultural figures he felt encapsulated the spirit of the Victorian age. Meanwhile, the development of photography transformed the possibilities of who could have their portrait made and who could own a portrait, enabling people to collect affordable images of their own heroes.

65 portraits on display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Lewis Carroll, by Lewis Carroll - NPG P237

Lewis Carroll

by Lewis Carroll
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1857
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P237

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1015

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1863-1864
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1015

Alfred William Garrett; William Alexander Comyn Macfarlane; Gerard Manley Hopkins, by Thomas C. Bayfield - NPG P453

Alfred William Garrett; William Alexander Comyn Macfarlane; Gerard Manley Hopkins

by Thomas C. Bayfield
albumen carte-de-visite, 1866
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P453

Thomas Carlyle, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1002

Thomas Carlyle

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1868
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1002

Alice Liddell, by Lewis Carroll - NPG P991(11)

Alice Liddell

by Lewis Carroll
albumen carte-de-visite, 25 June 1870
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P991(11)

John Stuart Mill, replica by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1009

John Stuart Mill

replica by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1873
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1009

Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Frederic Watts - NPG L238

Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1878
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG L238

George Frederic Watts, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1406

George Frederic Watts

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1879
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1406

Matthew Arnold, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1000

Matthew Arnold

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1880
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1000

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1049

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1881
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1049

Henry Edward Manning, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 1008

Henry Edward Manning

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, 1882
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1008

Charles Booth, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 4131

Charles Booth

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1901
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4131

Charles François Felu, by Joseph Maes - NPG x18868

Charles François Felu

by Joseph Maes
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18868

Georgina Hogarth; Mamie Dickens, by Herbert Watkins - NPG x128688

Georgina Hogarth; Mamie Dickens

by Herbert Watkins
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x128688

Midhat Pasha, by Alexander James Grossmann - NPG x74331

Midhat Pasha

by Alexander James Grossmann
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x74331

Marie-Paul Taglioni in the ballet 'Satanella', by L. Haase & Co - NPG x7807

Marie-Paul Taglioni in the ballet 'Satanella'

by L. Haase & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x7807

Fanny Josephs, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x18956

Fanny Josephs

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x18956

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt, by Hills & Saunders - NPG x132256

Sir Charles Lyell, 1st Bt

by Hills & Saunders
albumen carte-de-visite, early 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x132256

Kate Josephine Bateman, by W. & D. Downey - NPG Ax27478

Kate Josephine Bateman

by W. & D. Downey
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax27478

Sir David Brewster, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x19949

Sir David Brewster

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
On display in Room 22 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x19949