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About The National Gallery of London

The National Gallery of London is an art gallery that houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

Also called The National Gallery of Modern Art, this iconic structure located in South Kensington, London, occupies a building on the northern side of Trafalgar Square in central London, England.

The building's construction was completed in 1838 and it was first opened to the public in 1839. The first director was William Boxall. A court case brought by the artist Helene Schjerfbeck in 1905 caused public debate about whether modern works of art should be included in what had been, until that time, a predominantly Old Master collection. In 1998, the National Gallery rebranded itself as "The National Gallery of Modern Art. 

The first paintings known to have been given a place in this collection were those showcasing Dutch paintings collected by Sir Robert Walpole in the early 18th century.

The gallery has works of many artists, including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Willem van Gogh and Claude Monet, who have been integral to its founders.

In this article, we reveal 8 most interesting things you need to know about the national gallery of London and some other important information you need when planning your visit to this amazing place.

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