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  • Francis Bacon, 'Triptych - August 1972' 1972

    Francis Bacon
    Triptych - August 1972 1972
    Oil on canvas
    support, each: 1981 x 1473 mm frame (each): 2175 x 1668 x 102 mm
    Purchased 1980 Estate of Francis Bacon

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  • Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Ophelia' 1851-2

    Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
    Ophelia 1851-2
    Oil on canvas
    support: 762 x 1118 mm frame: 1105 x 1458 x 145 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • John William Waterhouse, 'The Lady of Shalott' 1888

    John William Waterhouse
    The Lady of Shalott 1888
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1530 x 2000 mm frame: 2000 x 2460 x 230 mm
    Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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  • David Hockney, 'A Bigger Splash' 1967

    David Hockney
    A Bigger Splash 1967
    Acrylic on canvas
    support: 2425 x 2439 x 30 mm
    Purchased 1981 David Hockney 2010

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  • John Constable, 'Flatford Mill ('Scene on a Navigable River')' 1816-17

    John Constable
    Flatford Mill ('Scene on a Navigable River') 1816-17
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1016 x 1270 mm frame: 1331 x 1583 x 162 mm
    Bequeathed by Miss Isabel Constable as the gift of Maria Louisa, Isabel and Lionel Bicknell Constable 1888

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  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'Beata Beatrix' circa 1864-70

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    Beata Beatrix circa 1864-70
    Oil on canvas
    support: 864 x 660 mm frame: 1212 x 1015 x 104 mm
    Presented by Georgiana, Baroness Mount-Temple in memory of her husband, Francis, Baron Mount-Temple 1889

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  • British School 17th century, 'The Cholmondeley Ladies' circa 1600-10

    British School 17th century
    The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10
    Oil on wood
    support: 886 x 1723 mm frame: 1074 x 1914 x 100 mm
    Presented anonymously 1955

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Field of Waterloo' circa 1817

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Field of Waterloo circa 1817
    Watercolour, graphite and scratching out on paper
    support: 288 x 405 mm

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  • Dame Barbara Hepworth, 'Pelagos' 1946

    Dame Barbara Hepworth
    Pelagos 1946
    Part painted wood and strings
    object: 430 x 460 x 385 mm, 15.2 kg
    Presented by the artist 1964
    © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

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  • Lucian Freud, 'Girl with a Kitten' 1947

    Lucian Freud
    Girl with a Kitten 1947
    Oil on canvas
    support: 410 x 307 x 18 mm frame: 509 x 404 x 58 mm
    Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 The Lucian Freud Archive

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  • Sir Jacob Epstein, 'Jacob and the Angel' 1940-1

    Sir Jacob Epstein
    Jacob and the Angel 1940-1
    unconfirmed: 2140 x 1100 x 920 mm, 2500 kg
    Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation 1996 The estate of Sir Jacob Epstein

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  • John Martin, 'The Plains of Heaven' 1851-3

    John Martin
    The Plains of Heaven 1851-3
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1988 x 3067 mm frame: 2415 x 3485 x 175 mm
    Bequeathed by Charlotte Frank in memory of her husband Robert Frank 1974

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  • Bridget Riley, 'Hesitate' 1964

    Bridget Riley
    Hesitate 1964
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1067 x 1124 mm frame: 1155 x 1100 x 54 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1985 2006 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved.

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  • Henry Moore OM, CH, 'Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure' 1934

    Henry Moore OM, CH
    Four-Piece Composition: Reclining Figure 1934
    Cumberland alabaster
    object: 175 x 457 x 203 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund 1976 The Henry Moore Foundation. This image must not be reproduced or altered without prior consent from the Henry Moore Foundation.

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  • Michael Andrews, 'Melanie and Me Swimming' 1978-9

    Michael Andrews
    Melanie and Me Swimming 1978-9
    Acrylic on canvas
    support: 1829 x 1829 mm
    Purchased 1979 The estate of Michael Andrews

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The BP Walk through British Art offers a circuit of Tate Britain’s unparalleled collection from its beginnings to its end. This ‘walk through time’ has been arranged to ensure that the collection’s full historical range, from 1545 to the present, is always on show. There are no designated themes or movements; instead, you can see a range of art made at any one moment in an open conversational manner.

As part of the BP Walk through British Art there are also two galleries on the main floor which are devoted to Henry Moore, one of Britain’s pre-eminent sculptors. The rooms explore Moore’s close personal relationship with Tate, investigate his working processes and highlight his public sculpture of the 1950s and 1960s.

The BP Walk through British Art also includes The Clore Gallery which is dedicated to the Turner Collection and houses the artist’s bequest to the nation. A room of works by Turner’s great rival and contemporary, John Constable, are also on display. The upper floor of the Clore gallery showcases a changing selection of representative works from Tate’s outstanding collection of paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints by the visionary artist William Blake.

Watch Antony Gormley talk about Bed, which is on display as part of the BP Walk through British Art.

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