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Join CILIP Thames Valley on a tour of the National Gallery Library! The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world of the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
The library was established in 1870 with the purchase of the private library of around 2000 volumes belonging to the late Sir Charles Eastlake, the first Director of the National Library. It now contains over 75,000 printed volumes relevant to the study of the history of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the early 20th century. The library’s holdings contain monographs, catalogues raisonnées, exhibition catalogues, pamphlets, periodicals, works on iconography, early guidebooks and source works, permanent collection catalogues from museums and galleries worldwide including private collections and picture sales from major auction houses.
During the tour, the Gallery’s Archivist will show us items from the archives. This will be followed by a tour of the library. After this, we will be given an overview of the Research Centre and learn about where it fits within the Gallery and their future plans.
Everyone is welcome to attend this tour whether or not you are a CILIP member. Booking for this event is essential.
The National Gallery