Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

30 Jun 2018 – 23 Sep 2018

Millennium Gallery

Sheffield, United Kingdom


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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. 

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