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Ralph Nicholson Wornum's Diary

13 Aug 1855-21 Nov 1877


Ralph Nicholson Wornum's Diary


13 Aug 1855-21 Nov 1877

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Diary written by Wornum when he was Keeper and Secretary of the National Gallery. On the first page under the title Wornum has written "Not official, for my own use and ready information". The volume contains detailed notes on pictures purchased, received, and hung, on restoration work, framing, gilding, security measures (overcrowding), copyists, opening hours, building work with particular reference to the architects Barry and Pennethorne, catalogues, visits by distinguished and eminent persons, appointments and members of staff. There are also entries relating to the Turner bequest, and the Peel, Beaucousin, Taylor and Northwick collections. See also NGA2/3/2/14

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