National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

St. Martin's Place

T : 020 7312 2463

Opening Times

Daily: 10:00-18:00.
Open late Thursday & Friday: until 21:00

Admission free; charges for special exhibitions.

To 20 May: Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Before Photoshop, Polaroids and Instagram filters, there were the Victorians. Invented during the 1830s, the photograph was still a fresh technology when Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Lady Clementina Hawarden were all exploring its potential as a form of art by the middle of the century. These four Victorian pioneers and their work form the basis of this photography exhibition, which promises an early snapshot of our enduring obsession with the camera. Most famous for writing Alice in Wonderland, Carroll’s photographs of the little girl who inspired the books, Alice Liddell, are on display, as well as Rejlander’s ‘Two Ways of Life’ photograph, groundbreaking for its construction from over 30 separate negatives.

To 28 May: Tacita Dean: Portrait

This is the first time the gallery has ever displayed an exhibition dedicated to film. Tacita Dean is one of the most acclaimed English artists working today, working primarily with film. Portrait is part of an ambitious programme of three shows, also at The Royal Academy of Arts and The National Gallery. Here at the National Portrait Gallery, expect a display of Dean’s 16mm films which all explore the art of creating portraits. This includes His Picture in Little, a short film about miniature portrait paintings which were popular during the English Renaissance, starring Ben Wishaw and Stephen Dillane.  





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