Library Digital Collections

The John Rylands holds a number of important visual collections, including, fine art (paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures), decorative art (textiles, ceramics, and glass), and photography. The photographs date from the 1840s to the present and has an international scope. It contains an excellent representation of British and local photographs and it includes the full range of analogue photographic processes and formats. The collection is most rich in the area of British art photography, especially of the Victorian period. Particular strengths are evident in the genres of portraiture, landscape, and architecture. This digital collection represents only a fraction of these works, but contains excellent examples of early British photo-books and examples of works by eminent British Victorian photographers, including William Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton, Julia Margaret Cameron and Francis Frith.