In the living room, a place that was used for only formal visits in Victorian times, you would see a simpler design with classic whites and blacks. They tended to shy away from any bolder colors or daring patterns. Good choices for art in the living room of a classic Victorian themed room would be portraits that capture the era, such as "Portrait of a Young Girl in a Blue Hat 1881" by Pierre-Auguste Renior . He is one of history's most renowned artists from that time period and choosing any of his masterpieces are a great way to display a distinguished piece of art.
Keeping with the theme of portrait art in the living room, a great choice too, would be Franz Xavier Winterhalter and his "Empress Eugene". This canvas creation is impressive in its color choices, which blend well with the era and the classy style of the Victorian period. It is also detailed enough to grasp the viewer and draw them into the art. Your guests will find themselves drawn to it and the exquisiteness and class it radiates.
When designing your living room in a Victorian way, you want to keep that time period fresh on your mind. What did the people and style of that era reflect? What colors were popular and how were they incorporated into decorating a home? Rustic golden frames with creme colored mattes will help tie the art together with the room. You want a smooth and continuous flow of sophistication from your walls to your furniture.