Tate Britain Exhibition

Painting with Light Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age

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Explore the painters that inspired early photographers and the photographs that changed painting

This exhibition celebrates the visual links between early photography and British art, bringing together fascinating vintage photographs and stunning paintings including Pre-Raphaelite, aesthetic and impressionist works.

Spanning 75 years across the Victorian and Edwardian ages, the exhibition showcases the experimental beginnings of photography right through to its flowering as an independent international art form. These are displayed alongside the paintings which they inspired and which inspired them.

This is the first time works by John Everett MillaisDante Gabriel RossettiJAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent and others will be shown alongside photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
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11 May – 25 September 2016

Supported by

Tate Patrons

Tate Patrons


a fabulously rich show

Evening Standard


Time Out

a wonderfully absorbing exhibition

The Mail on Sunday​

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