Frederick Hollyer's portraits offers us an exclusive glimpse into late-Victorian and Edwardian celebrity culture. His sitters ranged from HG Wells to the Nobel prize-winning discoverer of argon Lord Rayleigh, from Princess Louise to William Morris.
The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a remarkable collection of Hollyer portrait photographs. Three chintz-covered albums of just under 200 platinum print portraits provide a panoply of famous Victorians - aesthetes mingle with aristocrats, socialists side-by-side with scientists. Artists, actors, journalists, doctors, scientists, clerics and debutantes arrived at Hollyer's studio on Mondays to have their portraits taken.
Hollyer adapted new technical developments in photography to create a unique visual record of London life at the dawn of the twentieth century.