A close up from our rooftops overlooking Trafalgar Square in central London. The National Gallery wasn't always based in this building though. The Gallery first opened in 1824 at 100 Pall Mall, the house of banker and art collector John Julius Angerstein, whose 38 pictures purchased by the House of Commons were intended to form the core of a new national collection, for the enjoyment and education of all.
In 1831 Parliament agreed to construct a building for the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. There had been lengthy discussion about the best site for the Gallery, and Trafalgar Square was eventually chosen as it was considered to be at the very centre of London. The new building finally opened in 1838.
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