Portraits from the age of gaslight

Jane Elizabeth ('Jeanie') Hughes, Mrs Nassau Senior, by George Frederic Watts, 1857-8, at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

The National Portrait Gallery has just published a guide to Victorian and Edwardian portraits, in association with the National Trust. Some of the portraits, including those shown here, are owned by the National Trust.

Euphemia Chalmers ('Effie') Gray, Mrs John Ruskin, later Lady Millais ('The Foxglove'), by Sir John Everett Millais, 1853, at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands. ©NTPL/Derrick E. Witty

The guide includes 60 key works, discussing the sitters  and the artists as well as the social and cultural context of these portraits.

William Michael Rossetti by gaslight, by Ford Madox Brown, 1856, at Wightwick Manor, West Midlands. ©NTPL/John Hammond

Wightwick Manor has a collection of Victorian pictures, shown in the Arts and Crafts interior for which they were originally brought together.

The Great Parlour at Wightwick, with the Watts portrait of Mrs Naussau Senior. ©NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Wightwick was donated to the National Trust by the Mander family in 1937.

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