> Read Craig’s review of Tate Britain Check out my London blog for a full review, with more photos
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.
> Craig’s review of Tate Britain – “Tate Britain is the one gallery that I've never bothered to visit before today. And the reason is this: I'm lazy. Yeah I know it's a dumb excuse, but it's true. They need to knock it down and move it closer to the train station. You've either got to get off at Vauxhall and walk across the bridge (not doing that), or get a tube to Pimlico (not doing that either), or wa… continued”
If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 30 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Courtauld Gallery); National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to National Gallery); National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to National Portrait Gallery); Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Pimlico to Royal Academy of Arts) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from Pimlico to Wallace Collection).
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