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1 March – 20 May 2018

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1 March – 20 May 2018


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.

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Exhibitions are free for Members and Patrons

Opening date

Opening Thursday 1 March 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

Price

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

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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.

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Order the catalogue

A beautiful fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition

Shop the collection

A range of gifts and products inspired by the exhibition, are now available to pre-order and buy from the Gallery shops and online

Events

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

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Members’ Afternoon Preview: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Members’ Afternoon Preview: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

  • For Members

28 February 2018, 14:00-16:00
Porter Gallery

This major new exhibition brings 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.


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Lecture: Through the Camera Lens, and What Lewis Carroll Found There

Lecture: Through the Camera Lens, and What Lewis Carroll Found There

A part of Late Shift
1 March 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Lindsay Smith, Professor of English at the University of Sussex, explores Carroll’s fascination for the technology of photography, and for the material and conceptual aspects of photographs, in the context of his larger creative achievement.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Weekend Workshop: The Victorian Studio

Weekend Workshop: The Victorian Studio

10 March 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £100 (£90 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographers Kasia Wozniak and Eddie Otchere lead this one-day workshop (repeated on Sunday 11 March) in which you will experience a Victorian Portrait Studio, focusing on the camera, print technology, production values and fashion of the era - with a few modern workarounds.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Weekend Workshop: The Victorian Studio

Weekend Workshop: The Victorian Studio

11 March 2018, 11:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £100 (£90 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photographers Kasia Wozniak and Eddie Otchere lead this one-day workshop (repeated on Sunday 11 March) in which you will experience a Victorian Portrait Studio, focusing on the camera, print technology, production values and fashion of the era - with a few modern workarounds.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Lecture: Portraits for the Stereoscope: Seeing the Victorians

Lecture: Portraits for the Stereoscope: Seeing the Victorians

A part of Late Shift
22 March 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Denis Pellerin, photo historian and curator of Dr. Brian May's collection of Victorian photographs, takes us on a stereoscopic journey through the studios of photographic artists including Antoine Claudet, William Kilburn, John Jabez Mayall and Thomas Richard Williams. Discover the Victorians as you have never seen them before, in full colour and in glorious 3-D.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Lecture: Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius

Lecture: Julia Margaret Cameron: 19th Century Photographer of Genius

A part of Late Shift
29 March 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Colin Ford CBE, photographic curator and historian, looks at the life and work of Julia Margaret Cameron, who was not only a brilliant photographer but aimed to photograph as many Victorians of genius as she could.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Members’ Evening Private View: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography and Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT

Members’ Evening Private View: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography and Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT

3 April 2018, 18:30-20:30
Main Hall, Porter, Learner and Wolfson Galleries

Our Members’ Evening Private Views give you the chance to visit the Gallery after-hours and are a great way to see our exhibitions away from the crowds.

Please RSVP to this event from 1 November


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Lunchtime Lecture: The Great Nadar: Portraits and Perilous Adventures

Lunchtime Lecture: The Great Nadar: Portraits and Perilous Adventures

5 April 2018, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Writer Adam Begley introduces the tumultuous life and astounding work of Félix Tournachon, better known as Nadar (1820–1910). 

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Lunchtime Lecture: Who Was Britain’s First Female Photographer?

Lunchtime Lecture: Who Was Britain’s First Female Photographer?

3 May 2018, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Photo historian Rose Teanby tells the stories of five women who made their mark at the dawn of photography. 

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Sunday Session: Life Drawing

Sunday Session: Life Drawing

  • Workshop||Young People

6 May 2018, 11:00-16:00
Please check signage on the day for details
Free

Learn techniques for figure drawing working from a nude life model, inspired by the poses in Victorian Giants.. For ages 14 to 21 years only. To book your free place, email youthbookings@npg.org.uk or call 020 7312 2483.


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Lecture: Outside/In: Clementina Hawarden’s Domestic Portraits

Lecture: Outside/In: Clementina Hawarden’s Domestic Portraits

A part of Late Shift
10 May 2018, 19:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Art photographer or portrait photographer—or both? Clementina Hawarden (1822-1865) won awards for artistic costume tableaux of her daughters. 

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Weekend Workshop: Pop-Up Wet Plate Collodion Studio

Weekend Workshop: Pop-Up Wet Plate Collodion Studio

12 May - 13 May 2018, 10:00-17:00
Education Studio
Tickets: £45 (£40 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Come and experience one of the most popular early photographic processes, discovered in 1851 and used by photographers including Julia Margaret Cameron. 

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 12 February 2018.


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Competition

The Gallery has partnered with Artist Residence Oxfordshire to offer a luxury overnight stay at their idyllic retreat in the heart of the English countryside.

Very close to Oxford, the home of Lewis Carroll and his muse Alice Liddell, the boutique hotel is housed in a former 16th-century inn. The winner and guest will stay in the Barn Suite which boasts a bespoke four poster bed, a luxe bathroom with free-standing bathtub and rainfall shower, a private terrace seating area with feature mini bar cabinet and a log burner. With antique furnishings, Morris & Co fabrics and eclectic artwork, the Barn is a luxurious take on the bohemian countryside retreat.

The prize includes welcome cocktails and breakfast.

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To enter this free prize draw please complete the contact form below. Please note that entrants must be 18 years and over and residents of the UK. Competition closes 20 May 2018.

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This will only be used in the event of you winning the prize

If you would also like to be entered into a separate prize draw to win two tickets to see Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography and receive a complementary exhibition catalogue, please tick this box. Winners will be notified by 20 April 2018 and tickets can be redeemed until the exhibition closes 20 May 2018.

Please tick if you would like to receive the National Portrait Gallery’s enewsletter, featuring monthly updates on exhibitions, events, special offers and Gallery news.

Please tick if you would like to receive email updates and special offers from Artist Residence Hotels.

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The Gallery is committed to protecting your privacy. All personal data given will be held securely by the Gallery and only used to administer your competition entry unless otherwise indicated above. It may be used for internal research/statistical purposes. It will not be passed to any third parties unless otherwise stated.

  1. Closing date 20/05/2018. All entries will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be drawn at random and notified by email by 03/06/2018. The winner must claim their prize by 11/06/2018 or it will be considered forfeited and another draw will take place.
  2. Entrants must be 18 or over.
  3. Entry is limited to one per person.
  4. Valid for a one night stay for two any Monday - Thursday night in 2018, excluding school and public holidays. All dates are subject to availability.
  5. The prize includes welcome cocktails and breakfast.
  6. Travel to and from the hotel can be reimbursed by the Gallery, on the provision of valid receipts, up to a value of £150.
  7. Entries can only be submitted online via the National Portrait Gallery website.
  8. Entries made using automated competition entry systems or similar are not allowed.
  9. The winning entrant will be chosen at random by the National Portrait Gallery from all completed and valid entries received by the closing date. The decision is final and non-negotiable.
  10. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
  11. The National Portrait Gallery reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
  12. By entering the competition, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
  13. Employees of the National Portrait Gallery and Artist Residence Hotels, their families, agents or anyone else connected with the competition are not permitted to enter.
  14. The competition is run by the National Portrait Gallery Marketing Department.
  15. Artist Residence Oxfordshire is situated at Station Road, South Leigh, OX29 6XN, Tel: +44 (0) 1993 656 220. The Gallery is situated at St Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE, Tel: +44 (0) 207 7306 0055.

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Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Thursdays and 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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