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Facing Blindness: Visual Impairment in the Nineteenth Century

Past display archive
18 November 2013 - 13 July 2014

Room 24: case display


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.

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