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    Art for the nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery

    Fraser, Hilary (2013) Art for the nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery. Victorian Literature and Culture 41 (1), pp. 177-197. ISSN 1060-1503.

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    Visitors entering the National Gallery from Trafalgar Square by the grand Portico Entrance immediately encounter all the familiar features of the modern museum experience: legions of school children with clipboards and harried teachers, tourists studying travel guides and plans of the gallery, cafes to refresh the weary exhibition-goer to the right, a shop selling tasteful souvenirs and postcards to the left. But this is also ineluctably a Victorian institution, reminding us that modern museum culture has its origins in the nineteenth century, and the temporary exhibition Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery shows how significant a figure Charles Eastlake was in shaping the National Gallery as a public institution and, more broadly, establishing modern principles of museum collection and display.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2014 13:55
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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