These rooms offer a chronological display of Britain’s greatest artists, taken from the collection. Instead of designated themes or movements, the display is is arranged by decade, so you can see an array of art made at any one moment.
Walk through time and explore artworks from 1545 to the present day
Plan your visit
Rooms in this display
Start the journey through 500 years of British art with works from 1540–1650
Explore a time of enormous change in the United Kingdom, from 1650–1730
See British artworks from 1730–1765, including an iconic self-portrait by Hogarth
Discover artworks from 1760–1780, a period dominated by the work of Sir Joshua Reynolds
Experience paintings and sculptures from the war period of 1780–1810
See landscape painting and great neoclassical works from 1810–1840
Recapture the feel of a Victorian exhibition gallery, with artworks from 1840-1890
View artworks created from 1890–1900, the decade Tate was founded
Wander a room devoted to art from 1900–1910, a period in flux.
Owing to urgent refurbishment work this room is temporarily closed.
Uncover 1910-1930, one of the most contested periods in art
Reflect on the diversity of art produced in Britain from 1930-1940
See artworks from 1940-1950, which mainly respond to World War II
View significant works from 1950–1960, as artists reacted to the post-war period
Explore 1960-1970, a decade of tremendous change in society and art
See artworks from 1970–1980, a time of political commentary and satire
Immerse yourself in the reinvigorated British art scene of 1990-2000
Visit this ever-changing selection of artwork made in Britain from 2000
A roaring success
If you thought you knew British art, visit and think again…there is no better place to go