Photo Collection Tenement House  

Photography helped to fuel the fashion for collecting portraits of celebrities.

There was an extensive celebrity culture in Victorian Britain: military men, sports figures, writers, politicians, reformers and explorers were applauded and celebrated for their moral character and strength of spirit. Photographs of all types were widely circulated and were often used to inspire ‘ordinary’ people.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were early patrons of photography. This was the first era when royal portraits were owned by large numbers of the public, which helped to establish a new connection between monarch and subjects.