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The Public Art Museum in Nineteenth Century Britain: The Development of the National Gallery

By: C Whitehead


Hardback | Apr 2005 | #156473 | ISBN: 0754632369
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The author here offers an account of the development of the public museum in 19th century Britain, with particular reference to the National Gallery in London. The research presented focuses in particular on debate developments related to architecture and the display of works of art.


Introduction; Part one: the development of a public museology: Historiography, connoisseurship and museum space; Interior decoration and historicism in the art museum; Art museum architecture and moral improvement; Typology in the London museums and their collections; Museums and their builders in 19th-century Britain. Part two: the National Gallery 1850-76: Debating the National Gallery; Refiguring the National Gallery; Negotiating the construction of the National Gallery; The development of the Barry rooms; The enlarged National Gallery in 1876; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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