Review Round Up: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition explores the relationship between four ground-breaking Victorian artists: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Lady Clementina Hawarden and Oscar Rejlander. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…

053_Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll, 1858
Alice Liddell  by Lewis Carroll, 1858. 

The Guardian: ***** ” This captivating show proves that the most exciting thing happening in Victorian art was photography, and the bold and revolutionary Julia Margaret Cameron was the greatest British artist of her day.”

The Telegraph: ***** “The jewel-like exhibition is excellent – intelligently conceived, expertly displayed – and it reminds us that while men were at the forefront of photographic science, two women in particular had a lasting impact on its style.”

Evening Standard: **** “Rejlander — with his immaculate tone and precision — and Cameron, a real visionary, are the true giants of this superb show.”

Culture Whisper: **** “Breathing fresh life into an old art, this intimate exhibition is just delightful.”

The Kissed Mouth: “The way all four photographers moved in and out of each others lives is fascinating and Oscar Rejlander should be a national Swede-y hero for what he has brought to our photography heritage.”

London Visitors: “This fascinating exhibition challenges the long accepted view that Victorian photography was formal and formulaic.”

Time Out: **** “This exhibition of works by Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Lady Clementina Hawarden is nearly exquisite.”

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art photography is on display at the National Portrait Gallery until the 20th May. For more information and to book tickets visit:


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