Nigel Jones

Collective Efforts

The National Gallery: A Short History


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As so often, the British did it differently from their European neighbours. When it came to founding a national collection of great art for the edification and education of the masses at the end of the eighteenth century, most European states based their new galleries on the private collections of their rulers: the Prado in Madrid, the Louvre in Paris and the Belvedere in Vienna were all started in this way.

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