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Waterfield, Giles

The people's galleries : art museums and exhibitions in Britain, 1800-1914 / Giles Waterfield.

New Haven : Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, [2015]
Physical Description:
xi, 370 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Reference Library
N1020 .W28 2015 (LC) Oversize
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-347) and index.
"This innovative history of British art museums begins in the early 19th century. The National Gallery and the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London may have been at the center of activity, but museums in cities such as Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Nottingham were immensely popular and attracted enthusiastic audiences. The People's Galleries traces the rise of art museums in Britain through World War I, focusing on the phenomenon of municipal galleries. This richly illustrated book argues that these regional museums represented a new type of institution: an art gallery for a working-class audience, appropriate for the rapidly expanding cities and shaped by liberal ideals. As their broad appeal weakened with the new century, they adapted and became more conventional. Using a wide range of sources, the book studies the patrons and the publics, the collecting policies, the temporary exhibitions, and the architecture of these institutions, as well as the complex range of reasons for their foundation"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Art -- Great Britain -- Exhibitions -- History.
Art and society -- Great Britain -- History.
Art and state -- Great Britain -- History.
Art museums -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Art museums -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Art museums -- Social aspects -- Great Britain -- History.
City and town life -- Great Britain -- History.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions.

  • 1. Britain and the Visual Arts
  • 2. Justifying the Museum
  • 3. Struggling for a Voice : Learned Society and the Artists' Society in the Provincial City
  • 4. Unpromising Soil : The Cities of the Industrial Revolution
  • 5. The Universal Exhibition
  • 6. For Instructions and Recreation
  • 7. Art on Show
  • 8. The Power of the Temporary Exhibition
  • 9. A New Style of Collecting
  • 10. Education in the Victorian Gallery
  • 11. Patrons, Donors, Councillors, Curators, Visitors
  • 12. Addressing the past
  • 13. A New Order
  • 14. The Aftermath.