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The Tate started life in 1897, when Sir Henry Tate gifted his entire collection of sixty-five paintings to the nation.
Extensions were added at regular intervals throughout the century, but by the year 2000 the Tate’s art collection had grown so large that the vast majority of it was never on show to the public.
The decision was then taken to divide the collection up, and the gallery was renamed Tate Britain – focusing solely on British art from the 16th-century onwards.
Most of the remaining paintings were transferred to the Tate Modern, an old converted power station on the Thames. There is now a third branch of the Tate in Liverpool’s Albert Docks.
Some of the famous artists on display at the Tate include David Hockney, Francis Bacon, William Blake, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable.
The great J W Turner has his own devoted wing – the Clore Gallery.
Some of the famous paintings include the haunting Ophelia by John Millais, and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott. You can also see some sculptures by Henry Moore.
Contemporary artists from modern times include the wild-child Tracey Emin, and sculptor Antony Gormley (responsible for the famous Angel of the North).
From early October to December every year, Tate Britain houses the Turner Prize exhibition. Most of the winners are either shockingly bad, or stunningly good – depending on your point of view.
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Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome to Tate Britain Westminster
The Turner Prize 2018 to Tate Britain Westminster
Burne-Jones exhibition, at Tate Britain to Tate Britain Westminster
Figure Totem Beast — 1950s British Sculpture to Tate Britain Westminster
The photographs of Don McCullin to Tate Britain Westminster
Van Gogh and Britain to Tate Britain Westminster
Frank Bowling at Tate Britain to Tate Britain Westminster
William Blake — The Artist to Tate Britain Westminster
Turner Prize winner, Mark Leckey to Tate Britain Westminster
If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Temple); National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Charing Cross); National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Charing Cross); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Piccadilly Circus) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Pimlico to Bond Street).