From William Blake and John Keats to Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters, explore 23 iconic authors from the Romantic and Victorian periods.

Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. Portrait by Richard Rothwell © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Mary Shelley

1797 - 1851


Percy Bysshe Shelley, author of The Masque of Anarchy and Prometheus Unbound. Portrait by Alfred Clint © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

1792 - 1822


Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Portrait photograph by William Notman © National Portrait Gallery, London.

Robert Louis Stevenson

1850 - 1894


Photograph of Alfred Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for 42 years and author of ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, In Memoriam A.H.H and ‘The Lady of Shalott’.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

1809 - 1892


Anthony Trollope by Lock and Whitfield, British Library

Anthony Trollope

1815 - 1882


Photograph of Herbert George Wells (H G Wells), author of The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

H G Wells

1866 - 1946


Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest. Portrait photograph by Napoleon Sarony.

Oscar Wilde

1854 - 1900

Novelist, Journalist, Playwright

William Wordsworth, author of ‘I wandered Lonely as a Cloud’. Portrait by Benjamin Robert Haydon © National Portrait Gallery, London.

William Wordsworth

1770 - 1850