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Marine Picture-Gallery

When the Marine Picture Gallery opened in 1874, the Art Journal welcomed it as a new kind of exhibition: “Closely connected with the excellent and deservedly popular project, now duly recognised and firmly established among us for forming periodical exhibitions, each one of them consisting exclusively of the various works of a single artist, is the embodiment of the kindred happy idea for the formation of exhibitions of picture by different artists, in each of which exhibitions all the pictures treat of the diversified aspects and conditions of one and the same class of subjects. … The first permanent exhibition of this order in London … with felicitously characteristic propriety, is devoted exclusively to pictures of Marine subjects.” The pictures included were primarily by Danish artists, including Carl Frederik Sørensen, Carl Rasmussen and Anton Melbye. In 1877, the exhibition added “Arctic Exhibition” to its title (Academy, 31 March 1877, 281).

Address: 142 New Bond Street

Start Date: by 1875 [1874]*

End Date: at least 1877

Exhibition catalogue:

The Marine Picture Gallery and Arctic Exhibition, 142 New Bond Street, London [1877] [NAL]

*The dates that appear in the heading are those identified as securely documented “start” and “end” dates when the map animation was created. Additional research has extended the time span that the gallery can be documented at this address.

Unless otherwise noted, the documentation of a gallery’s start and end dates at a location is drawn from listings in The Year’s Art.

How to cite:
Pamela Fletcher and David Israel, London Gallery Project, 2007; Revised September 2012.

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