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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

National Portrait Gallery, London

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‘Victorian Giants’ brings together portraits by Oscar Rejlander (1813–75), Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) and Lady Clementina Hawarden (1822-65), drawn from public and private collections all over the world. Carroll, Cameron and Hawarden all studied briefly under Rejlander, at different times, and maintained lasting associations, exchanging ideas about portraiture and narrative. Their radical attitudes towards photography have informed subsequent practitioners ever since. The exhibition will be the first to examine the relationship between the four ground-breaking artists and some of the images in the exhibition have not been seen in Britain since they were made. Find out more about the ‘Victorian Giants’ exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery’s website.

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Julia Jackson (1867), Julia Margaret Cameron. © Wilson Centre for Photography

Julia Jackson (1867), Julia Margaret Cameron.

Photographic Study (Clementina and Isabella Grace Maude) (1863-64), Clementina Hawarden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photographic Study (Clementina and Isabella Grace Maude) (1863-64), Clementina Hawarden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alice Liddell (c. 1858), Lewis Carroll. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Alice Liddell (c. 1858), Lewis Carroll. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Unidentified young woman (1860–66), Oscar Rejlander. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Unidentified young woman (1860–66), Oscar Rejlander. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Photographic Study , 5 Prince’s Gardens (Clementina Maude) (c.1863–64), Clementina Hawarden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photographic Study, 5 Prince’s Gardens (Clementina Maude) (c.1863–64), Clementina Hawarden. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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