THE PEOPLE’S GALLERIES, ART MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS IN BRITAIN, 1800 – 1914

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THE PEOPLE’S GALLERIES, ART MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS IN BRITAIN, 1800 – 1914

 

THE PEOPLE’S GALLERIES, ART MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS IN BRITAIN, 1800 – 1914

Giles Waterfield

This innovative history of British art museums begins early in the nineteenth century.

The National Gallery and the South Kensington Museum ( now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London may have been at the centre of activity, but museums in cities such as
Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham were immensely popular and attracted enthusiastic audiences.

The People’s Galleries traces the rise of art museums in Britain up to the First World War, focusing on the phenomenon of municipal galleries and the temporary exhibitions that played a
crucial role in their creation.

This richly illustrated book argues that these regional museums represented a new type of institution: an art gallery for a working class audience, appropriate for the rapidly expanding cities and shaped by liberal ideals. As their broad appeal weakened with the new century, they adapted and often became more interested in avant-garde contemporary art.

Using a wide range of sources, the book studies the patrons and the publics, the collecting policies, the temporary exhibitions and the architecture of these institutions, as well as the complex range of reasons for their foundation.

A truly marvelous book with over 350 pages of fascinating information and wonderful illustrations.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

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