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London’s National Galleries (half day)

Enjoy a cultural introduction to the art world of London on this tour to visit the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

Built to house the 38 piece art collection of John Julius Angerstein, the National Gallery was intended for the enjoyment and education of all. Upon arrival in Trafalgar Square visit the National Gallery which houses one of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. The Gallery’s permanent collection spans the period from about 1250 to 1900, consisting of Western European paintings.

Following your tour of the National Gallery proceed with your guide for the short walk to the National Portrait Gallery. This Gallery was formally established on 2 December 1856, when the Chandos portrait of Shakespeare became the first picture to enter the Gallery's collection.

The National Portrait Gallery differs from the National Gallery since it was established with the criteria that the Gallery was to be about history, not about art, and about the status of the sitter, rather than the quality or character of a particular image considered as a work of art. Originally, it was decided by the Trustees that "No portrait of any person still living, or deceased less that 10 years, shall be admitted by purchase, donation, or bequest, except only in the case of the reigning Sovereign, and of his or her Consort". This rule changed in 1969 in order to encourage a policy of admitting living sitters.

Enjoy time to browse the Gallery at your leisure, the Galleries stewards and your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

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Tours in London

Private guided tour of Buckingham Palace
Historic Windsor Castle
London’s National Galleries
Private Cocktails at the Tower of London

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