National Gallery (Biographical details)

National Gallery (institution/organisation; British; 1824)

Also known as

National Gallery


Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN.


Established in 1824 when the British government bought a collection of 38 paintings from the estate of the merchant John Julius Angerstein (1735-1823). The collection was initially exhibited at Angerstein's house at 100, Pall Mall, but moved to its current location, initially designed by William Wilkins and subsequently much extended, in 1838.