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The Victorians: British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901

February 16 – May 11, 1997
West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 74 through 79

James McNeill Whistler, Wapping, 1860-1864, oil on canvas, John Hay Whitney Collection, 1982.76.8

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: This first large survey of Victorian art in the United States consisted of 69 paintings highlighting the work of British painters during the reign of Queen Victoria. Included were Ophelia by John Everett Millais; Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl by James McNeill Whistler; Flaming June by Frederic Leighton; and works by J.M.W. Turner, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman Hunt, among others.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, its only venue. Curators were Malcolm Warner, curator of European art at the San Diego Museum of Art, and Nicolai Cikovsky Jr., curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by a grant from United Technologies Corporation. Additional support was provided by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Attendance: 239,427

Catalog: The Victorians: British Painting, 1837-1901, by Malcolm Warner. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1996.

Brochure: The Victorians: British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901, by Isabelle Dervaux. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1997.