History Group Papers: 2006

Read an outline of the talks and papers from the National Gallery History Group in 2006:

Meeting Twenty: 21 February 2006

The first National Gallery: the British Museum’s collection of oil paintings – Marjorie Caygill, British Museum
A paper or related publication is available for consultation in the National Gallery Archive.

The British Museum was involved in early discussions regarding the establishment of the National Gallery prior to its foundation in 1824, and indeed in 1823 had already allocated space for the national collection of paintings in its new building at Bloomsbury designed by Sir Robert Smirke.

The Trustees of the British Museum have at one time or other owned around 300 oil paintings, and still retain about 90. Marjorie Caygill gave an account of the acquisition and disposal of this collection, which until 1868 included a large, although gradually decreasing, proportion of the paintings displayed in the National Gallery.

Meeting Twenty-One: 31 May 2006

  • Meeting postponed.

Meeting Twenty-Two: 10 October 2006

The National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery – Charles Saumarez-Smith, National Gallery
A paper or related publication is available for consultation in the National Gallery Archive.

Charles Saumarez-Smith gave a history of the relationship (or lack of it) between the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery since the latter's foundation in 1856. He began with George Scharf and Robert Peel and carried the narrative forward to modern times, providing an account of some of the differences between the architecture and collecting policies of the two institutions.

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