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THE PEOPLE'S GALLERIES: ART MUSEUMS AND EXHIBITIONS IN BRITAIN, 1800-1914. Giles Waterfield. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015. Published in association with Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. 382 pp. with 287 ills. (56 col.). 29 x 24 cm. LC 2014-41638 ISBN 9780300209846 In English.
Publisher's description: This innovative history of British art museums begins in the early 19th century. The National Gallery and the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London may have been at the center of activity, but museums in cities such as Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Nottingham were immensely popular and attracted enthusiastic audiences. The People's Galleries traces the rise of art museums in Britain through World War I, focusing on the phenomenon of municipal galleries. This richly illustrated book argues that these regional museums represented a new type of institution: an art gallery for a working-class audience, appropriate for the rapidly expanding cities and shaped by liberal ideals. As their broad appeal weakened with the new century, they adapted and became more conventional. Using a wide range of sources, the book studies the patrons and the publics, the collecting policies, the temporary exhibitions, and the architecture of these institutions, as well as the complex range of reasons for their foundation.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1800-1900 — Several Media — Museum Studies
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 164637
Hardcover $85.00    

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