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Tate Gallery,

London, originally the National Gallery of British Art. The original building (in Millbank on the former site of Millbank Prison), with a collection of 65 modern British paintings, was given by Sir Henry Tate and was opened in 1897. It was extended by another gift of Tate's in 1899, and in 1910 the Turner wing was completed, the gift of Sir Joseph Duveen. A gallery of modern foreign art was added in 1916, and three new galleries for foreign art and one for the works of John Singer Sargent were opened in 1926. The museum was damaged in World War II but reopened in 1949. In 1987 the Clore Gallery was opened to display the gallery's collection of J. M. W. TurnerTurner, Joseph Mallord William,
1775–1851, English landscape painter, b. London. Turner was the foremost English romantic painter and the most original of English landscape artists; in watercolor he is unsurpassed.
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 works, which is the most extensive in the world. Now renamed the Tate Britain, the complex is devoted to British art. The Tate Modern, Britain's first national modern-art museum in 100 years, opened in a large, refurbished power station on the south bank of the Thames in 2000.


See J. K. M. Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (1958).

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Tate Gallery


a museum in London housing a collection of paintings and graphic art, including the greatest examples of English art of the 16th to 20th centuries, as well as Western European works, primarily French, of the 19th and 20th centuries. The core of the Tate collection is a group of paintings that belonged to the industrialist H. Tate, who also donated the money to build the first exhibition halls. In 1910 a wing was added to the gallery to house the works of J. M. W. Turner.

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