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In 1824 the House of Commons voted £54,000 to buy the John Julius Angerstein Collection 38 paintings for the Nation. The Collection included Claude's 'seaport' and Titian's 'Venus and Adonis' as well as Hoqarth's 'Marriage a la mode'..'

 Whig MP George Agar Ellis was determined to provide free access. He wrote that at the new National Gallery  . . there must be no sending for ticket no asking permission-no starting it up half the days in the week; its doors must always be open, without fee or reward; accessible I to all ranks and degrees of men, to the indolent as well as the busy to the able as well as the industrious.

A new gallery at Trafalgar Sq was built by Wliiam Wilkins (1834-38)

In 1853 German Art Expert Gustav von Waagen was disgusted with the Miasma given oft by working class visitors.







Dulwich Picture Gallery Dulwich Picture Gallery Founded 1817

  Sir John Soane MuseumSir John Soane Museukj, founded 1837    


Page updated 14th March 2013

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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