Devoted solely to British artists, the permanent exhibitions feature works from the turn of the 16th century until the 20th century, with works by artists like Hogarth, Gainsborough, Whistler and Barbara Hepworth. Most notable are the sizable galleries dedicated to romanticists Constable and William Blake, and the biggest collection of paintings by J.M.Turner in the world. With the Tate playing host to the notoriously controversial annual Turner Prize, contemporary artists also feature considerably and the acclaimed 20th-century galleries present works by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Tracey Emin.
The Tate Britain is the oldest of the four Tate Museums founded by Sir Henry Tate and is housed in a Grade II listed building on Millbank, overlooking the River Thames. The landmark building, designed by architect Sidney R.J. Smith, is set on the site of a former prison and features a striking classical portico and domed atrium. Make sure you take a trip on the Tate Boat too, traveling over the Thames between the Tate Britain and its sister museum the Tate Modern, and affording a stunning panoramic view of the iconic riverbank.
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