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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll, 1858. Image © National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 30 June 2018 - Sunday 23 September 2018

This major new exhibition on tour direct from the National Portrait Gallery brings together the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, and Clementina Hawarden.

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.

Victorian Giants is the first exhibition to examine the relationship between these four ground-breaking artists. Drawn from public and private collections internationally, it features some of the most breath-taking images in photographic history, including many which have not been seen in Britain since they were made.

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

A selection of images will be accompanied by personal captions written by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has also written the foreword for the exhibition catalogue. 

The Millennium Gallery is the only UK venue for this acclaimed exhibition outside London.

Reviews of Victorian Giants at the National Portrait Gallery:

‘The jewel-like exhibition is excellent’
***** The Telegraph
Read the full Telegraph review here 

'Time and again in this captivating exhibition you find yourself looking at people so precisely captured by the collodion process they seem to be alive, among us, now.'
***** The Guardian
Read the full Guardian review here 

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