The People's Galleries Hardback

Giles Waterfield’s impressive scholarly history of the birth of the public gallery spans the period 1800 to 1914. He looks not just at the big London institutions but also at the popularity of galleries in Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and so on. Intended to educate the workers, and using new ideas such as temporary exhibitions, their success was phenomenal: in 1857 the Manchester ‘Art Treasures’ show drew 1.25 million visitors. This is the ancestry of today’s gallery culture.
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Dimensions 28.6 x 23.2cm
Fabric & material Hardback
SKU 02084053

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The People's Galleries has been selected and reviewed by Michael Prodger for RA Magazine Issue 129 Winter 2015.

304 pages.