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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th June 1982 Roberto 'Gods Banker' Calvi, is found dead, hanged under Blackfriars Bridge in London.go to related location

19th June 1975 Missing Lord Lucan murdered the 29-year-old nanny of his three young children, an inquest jury in Westminster decided.

19th June 1973 Rocky Horror Picture Show, stage production opens in London

19th June 1966 RW Hardy photographs staircase at Queen's House, Greenwich, later finds ghostly figures on pics.go to related location

19th June 1964 Mayor of London Boris Johnson born in New York City.

19th June 1942 Born today: Neil Chalmers, director (National History Museum, London)

19th June 1925 Comedian Charlie Drake was born in Elephant and Castle, London.

19th June 1921 Born today: Allan Davis, Mayor of London

19th June 1890 Born today: Barbara Everest, London England, actress (Fatal Witness, Inquest)

19th June 1829 Sir Robert Peel founded the London Metropolitan Police (Bobbies).

The National Gallery



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.

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The National Gallery

One of London's best loved free art galleries.


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