17 March 2018

Victorian Giants

Victorian Giants, the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, celebrates the birth of art photography in the Victorian era, featuring the works of four groundbreaking artists: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Clementina Hawarden, and Oscar Rejlander.

Isabella Grace Maude, 5 Princes Gardens by Clementina Hawarden - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Isabella Grace Maude, 5 Princes Gardens by Clementina Hawarden

Inspired by historical paintings and with an experimental approach to their work, these four photographers bridged the gap between the art of the past and the art of the future.  Sitters include Charles Darwin, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Thomas Carlyle, and Alice Liddell, who was frequently photographed along with her sisters by Lewis Carroll, and inspired his Alice in Wonderland heroine.  Featuring images from public and private collections around the world, this major exhibition brings together works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography for the first time, and it's well worth seeing.

Victorian Giants is on until 20 May at the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE

Edith, Ina and Alice Liddell (Pos) by Lewis Carroll - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Edith, Ina and Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll

Photographic Study (Florence Elizabeth and Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Photographic Study (Florence Elizabeth and Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden

Non Angeli sed Angli by Oscar Rejlander - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Non Angeli sed Angli by Oscar Rejlander

Photographic Study, 5 Princes Gardens (Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Photographic Study, 5 Princes Gardens (Clementina Maude) by Clementina Hawarden

Sadness (Ellen Terry) by Julia Margaret Cameron - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Sadness (Ellen Terry) by Julia Margaret Cameron

Self Portrait by Lewis Carroll - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Self Portrait by Lewis Carroll
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