'Poor man's picture gallery': Victorian Art and Stereoscopic

Henry Wallis, ‘Chatterton’ 1856
Henry Wallis
Chatterton 1856

‘Poor man’s picture gallery’: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography is the first display in a major British art gallery devoted to early three-dimensional photography.

These ingenious but inexpensive stereograph pictures were a nineteenth century craze, circulating world-wide in tens of thousands and more.

Pioneers of the art form were quick to challenge fine art itself. Celebrated canvases of the age, such as Henry Wallis’s Chatterton and William Powell Frith’s Derby Day, were recreated in real depth.

This display brings twelve of Tate’s Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite works face to face with a rare collection of their three-dimensional doubles assembled by Brian May.

Viewers can finally appreciate the interpretations that the photographers explored and the ways they brought the paintings to life.


Tate Painting and the Art of Stereoscopic Photography

Tate Painting and the Art of Stereoscopic Photography

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