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Close Up & Personal: Victorians & Their Photographs

The advent of photography in 1839 catapulted Victorian society into a new age of science, art and leisure. Previously only the wealthy could possess a painted portrait, but photography was cheaper and democratised the privilege of owning a likeness. A variety of forms soon emerged including the carte-de-visite, the daguerreotype, albumen prints, family photograph albums and stereoscopes.

Famous 'Four Generations'

Famous 'Four Generations'

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Famous 'Four Generations'

Artist

W & D Downey

Date

1894

Object Type

Carbon print/hard-backed

Artist: W & D Downey (fl. 1855-1940)
Date: 1894
Material: Carbon print/hard backed
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

The Misses Dene

The Misses Dene

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The Misses Dene

Artist

W & D Downey

Date

1893

Object Type

Carbon print

Artist: W & D Downey (fl. 1855-1940)
Date: 1893
Material: Carbon print
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Mary Watts Photograph Album

Mary Watts Photograph Album

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Mary Watts Photograph Album

Artist

Mary Watts (1849-1938) & Unknown Artists

Date

c. 1850s

Artist: Mary Watts (1849-1938)
Date: c. 1890s
Material: Unknown
Lender: Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Henry Holiday with Ada Forestier Walker and Unknown Man in Costume

Henry Holiday with Ada Forestier Walker and Unknown Man in Costume

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Henry Holiday with Ada Forestier Walker and Unknown Man in Costume

Artist

Unknown Artist

Date

1896

Object Type

Photograph

Artist: Unknown Artist
Date: 1896
Material: Photograph
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Lady Katherine Thynne Sitting with her Portrait

Lady Katherine Thynne Sitting with her Portrait

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Lady Katherine Thynne Sitting with her Portrait

Artist

Unknown Artist

Date

c. 1890

Object Type

Glass plate negative

Artist: Unknown Artist
Date: c. 1890
Material: Glass plate negative
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Artist

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Date

1863

Object Type

Cabinet card

Artist: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) & London Stereoscopic Company (fl. c. 1854-c.1908)
Date: 1863
Material: Cabinet card
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Miss Ellen Terry as 'Juliet'

Miss Ellen Terry as 'Juliet'

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Miss Ellen Terry as 'Juliet'

Artist

Window & Grove

Date

c. 1879

Object Type

Cabinet card

Artist: Window & Grove (fl. 1873-1908)
Date: c. 1879
Material: Cabinet card
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Daguerreotype

Daguerreotype

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Daguerreotype

Artist

Unknown Artist

Date

Unknown

Object Type

Daguerreotype

Artist: Unknown artist
Date: Unknown
Material: Daguerreotype
Lender: The Rob Dickins Collection, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village