Tate Britain

1890

Main Floor
Briton Riviere, ‘Beyond Man’s Footsteps’ exhibited 1894
Briton Riviere, Beyond Man’s Footsteps exhibited 1894. Tate

View artworks created from 1890–1900, the decade Tate was founded

This gallery features artworks created in the 1890s, an important decade for Tate. In 1889 industrialist and sugar magnate Henry Tate became Tate’s first benefactor, donating his collection of British art to the nation and providing funding for a building to house it. In 1892, the site of a former prison, the Millbank Penitentiary, was chosen for this new National Gallery of British Art, which would later become Tate Gallery, and now stands as Tate Britain. The gallery opened its doors to the public in 1897, with a statue of Britannia sat on top of the pediment at the Millbank entrance, emphasising its function as a gallery of British art. The new gallery, displaying 245 works across eight rooms, was immensely popular, with over 3,000 visitors recorded on the first six Sundays of opening, double that of the National Gallery. This room features some of the key works from the Henry Tate Collection, given to the nation ‘for the encouragement and development of British art'.

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Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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