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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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Opening hours

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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