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1 March – 20 May 2018

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1 March – 20 May 2018

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

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


Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

This major exhibition is the first to examine the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists: Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822–65) and Oscar Rejlander (1813–75). Drawn from public and private collections internationally, the exhibition features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history. Influenced by historical painting and frequently associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the four artists formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography.

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

Spring Season 2018 sponsored by

Supported by Old Possum’s Practical Trust

Supported by the Victorian Giants Exhibition Circle


(Transaction fee applies)
Exhibitions are free for Members and Patrons

Opening date

Closing Sunday 20 May 2018
Open daily 10:00-18:00. Open late Thursday and Friday until 21:00.

Wolfson and Learner Galleries

Porter Gallery
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE


Tickets £10 (£12 with donation)
Concessions £8.50 (£10.50 with donation)
Advance booking is highly recommended for this exhibition.

Special Offers
Tickets £7.50 on Wednesdays for visitors aged 60 years and over and on Thursdays for students. National Art Pass holders 50% discount.

Click here to see this exhibition and Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT for only £15

Download the Large-Print Label Booklet featuring all the wall captions across the exhibition

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The Duchess of Cambridge Patron’s Trail

The Duchess of Cambridge Patron’s Trail

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


A range of free and ticketed events including talks and workshops complement the exhibition

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Opening hours

Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Fridays until 21.00.
Last admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Gallery closes.
Exiting commences ten minutes before the closing time.

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Late Shift

Late Shift offers new ways to explore the Gallery after hours and socialise after work. Every Thursday and Friday enjoy a mix of art, music, drinks, talks, drawing and history until 21.00.

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