Victorian Giants: 
The Birth of Art Photography

    Alice Liddell,    by Lewis Carroll,    Summer 1858,    NPG P991(1),    © National Portrait Gallery, London and the National Media Museum (part of the Science Museum Group, London) Alice Liddell, by Lewis Carroll, Summer 1858, NPG P991(1), © National Portrait Gallery, London and the National Media Museum (part of the Science Museum Group, London)

Past exhibition archive
1 March - 20 May 2018

Porter Gallery

★★★★★ The Guardian 

★★★★★The Telegraph ‘The jewel-like exhibition is excellent’

This major exhibition brought together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era. Their experimental approach to picture-making and radical attitudes towards photography have informed artistic practice ever since.

Featured striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Spring Season 2018 sponsored by

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Supported by Old Possum’s Practical Trust

Supported by the Victorian Giants Exhibition Circle


The Duchess of Cambridge Patron’s Trail

The Gallery’s Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, chose a selection of photographs from the exhibition for this special Patron’s Trail. Her Royal Highness, an enthusiastic, amateur photographer, wrote personal captions which were displayed alongside her selected works. The Duchess also wrote a foreword to the exhibition catalogue.

The Duchess of Cambridge points at a portrait to two men