The Story of the Whitechapel Art Gallery

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Blue Badge Guide Sue Grayson-Ford tells the story of the Whitechapel Art Gallery

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In its 120th anniversary, Sue Grayson-Ford relates how the local vicar of Whitechapel Canon Samuel Barnett and his artistic wife Henrietta together with their Oxford graduate friends brought 'the finest art to the people of the East End'. Their aim was to educate, inspire and improve the lives of working people in one of the poorest boroughs of London. For their part, the eastenders were attracted by free entry, electric light and a warm welcome. They came in droves as soon as the gallery was opened in 1901. The commitment to education and inspiration has remained a guiding principle for the gallery's many distinguished directors who have brought here the work of such as Barbara Hepworth, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney and local boys Gilbert & George. In addition the Whitechapel Art Gallerycurated the first British shows of Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo.

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