Buying, Collecting and Display: History of the Collection


Ongoing research into the history of the collection, the building, Directors, the Gallery's benefactors and other key figures in the Gallery’s history is presented through talks, conferences, study days and publications as well as the following online materials:

Engraving by Sands of the National Gallery
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The history of the National Gallery from its first-ever painting to today's world-class collection of paintings in the Western European tradition. See how the Gallery expanded its collection of Dutch, Italian and British painting including Turner
Bomb Damage
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Learn how the National Gallery survived during the Second World War.
Sir Charles Eastlake's travel diaries
This research project will publish the entire travel diaries of the Gallery's first Director, Charles Eastlake.