"towards the main pediment of the National Gallery"
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe National Gallery, Trafalgar Square - Credit: Mike Peel


The National Gallery in London dates from 1824. The present building dates from 1832-8, and houses over two thousand works of art, spanning a period from c.1250-1900. Before it moved to Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery was housed in a small townhouse in Pall Mall, which was a source of national embarrassment. Its new, far grander building was designed by William Wilkins, though it has been frequently expanded and altered since it was built.