A wide variety of formats are represented in the Library’s Portrait Collection, representing the developments in portraiture techniques over time. Items range from pocket-sized carte-de-visite photographs to elaborate works of art in acrylics and oils.
Interesting formats found within the collection, include:
- Chromolithographs from Vanity Fair of noted Welsh and British public figures.
- Silhouettes from the Victorian period, and
- Various examples of card photographs produced during the nineteenth century boom period in photography.
In this section, a number of formats/media are described from the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, along with examples of items from the Library’s Welsh Portrait Archive.