1857 in art
Events from the year 1857 in art.
- June 22 – The South Kensington Museum, predecessor of the Victoria and Albert Museum, is opened by Queen Victoria in London.
- Lewis Carroll meets John Ruskin and begins to associate with the Pre-Raphaelites. In the same year, Ruskin publishes his Political Economy of Art.
- May 5 – October 17 – The Art Treasures of Great Britain exhibition is held in Manchester, one of the largest such displays of all time. Photographs are admitted.
- Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot – The Destruction of Sodom (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) and Le concert champêtre (Musée Condé, Chantilly)
- Gustave Courbet – Louis Guéymard as Robert le Diable
- Hiroshige – Prints from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo including
- Arthur Hughes – The Mother's Grave
- Rudolf Koller – Cow in a Vegetable Garden (Die Kuh im Krautgarten)
- Benjamin Williams Leader – A Quiet Pool in Glenfalloch
- John Frederick Lewis – The Coffee Bearer
- Octave Penguilly L'Haridon – Combat of the Thirty
- Daniel Maclise – Peter the Great at Deptford Dockyard
- John Everett Millais – A Dream of the Past: Sir Isumbras at the Ford
- Jean-François Millet – The Gleaners and original version of The Angelus (both Musée d'Orsay, Paris)
- Philip Richard Morris – The Good Samaritan
- Henry Nelson O'Neil – Eastward Ho!
- Emily Mary Osborn – Nameless and Friendless
- O. G. Rejlander – The Two Ways of Life (allegorical photomontage)
- Ernst Friedrich August Rietschel – Goethe–Schiller Monument
- Raden Saleh – The Arrest of Pangeran Diponegoro
- Jozef Van Lerius – Portrait of Henriette Mayer van den Bergh
- Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller – Corpus Christi Morning
- Henry Wallis – The Stonebreaker
- August Wredow – Iris Takes the Fallen Hero to Olympus (sculpture, Berlin)
- February 12 – Eugène Atget, French photographer (died 1927)
- May 17 – Mary Devens, American pictorial photographer (died 1920)
- July 30 – Lucy Bacon, American Impressionist painter (died 1932)
- July 31 – Adolphe Willette, French illustrator (died 1926)
- September – Étienne Terrus, French painter (died 1922)
- September 10 – Adolphe Demange, French portrait painter (died 1927)
- October 23 – Juan Luna, Filipino painter (died 1899)
- November 18 – Stanhope Forbes, British painter of the Newlyn school (died 1947)
- December 7 – Uroš Predić, one of the top three Serbian Realist painters, along with Paja Jovanović and Đorđe Krstić (died 1953)
- December 22 – W. W. Quatremain, English landscape painter (died 1930)
- date unknown – Esther Kenworthy Waterhouse, English flower painter (died 1944)
- January 30 – Agostino Aglio, Italian painter, decorator, and engraver (born 1777)
- May 1 – Frederick Scott Archer, sculptor and photographic pioneer (born 1813)
- May 16 – Vasily Andreevich Tropinin, painter (born 1776)
- June 11 – Moritz Retzsch, painter and etcher (born 1779)
- October 10 – Thomas Crawford, sculptor (born 1814)
- October 14 – Johan Christian Dahl, Norwegian landscape painter (born 1788)
- October 27 – John Blennerhassett Martin, American painter, engraver and lithographer (born 1797)
- November 14 – Cornelis Kruseman, Dutch painter (born 1797)
- December 3 – Christian Daniel Rauch, sculptor (born 1777)
- December 16 – William Havell, English landscape painter, part of the Havell family (born 1782)
- December 23 – Achille Devéria, painter and lithographer (born 1800)
- date unknown
- Sheppard, F.H.W., ed. (1975). Survey of London XXXVIII: The Museums Area of South Kensington and Westminster. p. 99.
- Exhib, Manchester art Treasures (1859). Exhibition of art treasures of the United Kingdom, held at Manchester in 1857: report of the Executive Committee.