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Victorian Studies: Visual & Material Culture

This guide to Victorian Studies was originated by David Oldenkamp, Wendy Bousfield and Professor Linda Shires.

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The resources on this page cover art, architecture, film, and photographic collections related to the period.

Art, Architecture, Film, Photography, etc.


Popular entertainment primary source material from archival British and American collections. Includes visual sources and rare printed material from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe from 1779 to 1930. Topics covered: Spiritualism, Sensation & Magic; Circuses, Sideshows & Freaks; Music Hall, Theatre & Popular Entertainment; Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema.

British Library: Collect Britain

Images and sounds from the British Library's famous collections, including "maps, views, prints and drawings, early photographs, advertising ephemera, dialect recordings, the whole run of the Victorian 'Penny Illustrated Paper'."

The Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, New York
"Explore our 19th-century village and farmstead, interact with master artisans of the mid-1800s, visit our working farmstead with rare breeds of farm animals, and tour our heritage gardens."

Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art, Utica, New York. Fountain Elms, an 1850 Italianate mansion. "Fountain Elms has been restored as a showcase for the finest in Victorian-era decorative arts. Galleries offer changing exhibitions of nineteenth-century furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, textiles, and the renowned Proctor watch collection."

          National Portrait Gallery (USA)

Tate Gallery (UK)

Victoria and Albert Museum