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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th October 1946 Born today: Vicki Hodge, London England, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac)
17th October 1934 Fulham footballing legend Johnny Haynes born in Kentish Town.
17th October 1922 Scottish worker begins hunger march from Glasgow on London
17th October 1814 Meux Brewery disaster at Tottenham Court Road kills 7: drowned by beer.
The National Gallery
One of London's best loved free art galleries.
Location: Trafalgar Square , WC2N 5DN
Description: The National Gallery was founded in 1824 and houses a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century in its home here just off Trafalgar Square.
The gallery is an exempt charity, and a non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Its collection belongs to the public of the United Kingdom and entry to the main collection is free of charge (other seasonal exhibitions may require a fee).
Unlike comparable art museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery was not formed by nationalising an existing royal or princely art collection. The British government bought 38 paintings from the heirs of the insurance broker and patron of the arts John Julius Angerstein in 1824, and this formed the start of the collection.
In 1831 Parliament agreed to construct a building for the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. There had been lengthy discussion about the best site for the Gallery, and Trafalgar Square was eventually chosen as it was considered to be at the very centre of London. The new building finally opened in 1838.
It's been much developed and improved and is now one of the greatest free places to visit in London.
Tagged in this Tour: Top 10 London Landmarks: Silver