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an art gallery in London, located on the north side of Trafalgar Square. It houses Western European paintings from 1250 to 1900 from the national art collection of Great Britain. The collection of 2,300 paintings belongs to the British public, and entry to the main collection is free, though there are charges for entry to special exhibitions.
Despite having being founded without an existing royal collection on which to build, and in a building with severe constraints on size, the National Gallery has grown to be a collection of international renown. It was shaped mainly by its early directors, including Sir Charles Lock Eastlake, and by private donations, which comprise two thirds of the collection. The resulting collection is small in size, but with a wide scope and paintings of exceptionally high quality. All of the major developments in the mainstream of Western painting are represented, often by masterpieces.
The building, begun by William Wilkins, has undergone several extensions, most notably by E. M. Barry and Robert Venturi. The current director is Charles Saumarez Smith.
Opening hours: Daily 10am–6pm, Fridays 10am–9pm
National Gallery has received a highly commended award in the national Rough Guide to Accessible Britain Awards as one of the top accessible attractions in the UK in the Best Free Venue category.
Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2
Directions: Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes
Phone: 0 20 7747 2885
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