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On the north side of Trafalgar Square is the National Gallery, housing an extensive collection of European Painting- All the Major Schools are represented in the Collection, from 13th Century Italian works , to examples by Mattisse and Picasso. Masterpieces such as the Rokeby Venus by Valazques, to 'The Cartoon' a large scale drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Founded in 1856 when Victorian Optimism was at its height. Facing onto Charing Cross Road, opposite St Martins in the Fields. Opened on the present site in 1896. Now housing over 10,000 portraits, from the only authenticated likeness of William Shakespeare, to images of Drake and Raleigh, Sir Christopher Wren. Well loved names such as the Bronte Sisters, Beatrix Potter, most Kings Queens and Bishops.
With views across the River Thames, and an courtyard with fountains, all the more impressive at night as seen in this photo left. Housing not only the Couthauld Gallery with its Old Master and Impressionist paintings, but The Gilbert Collection of decorative arts- from European silver to gold snuff boxes. Admire the architecture of Sir William Chambers. Eat in fine restaurants. As their own publicity literature states- "open as a place for enjoyment refreshment and culture". Admission free.
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