See also:merchant and founder of the
See also:National Gallery of
See also:Art, was
See also:born at Chorley,
See also:Lancashire, in 1819 . His
See also:father, a
See also:minister of religion, put him into business- in Liverpool . He became a prosperous
See also:broker, and about 1874 removed to
See also:London, where he greatly increased the operations of his
See also:firm and made " Tate's
See also:Cube Sugar " known all over the
See also:world . He had early in his career begun to devote large sums of
See also:money to philanthropic and educational purposes . He gave £42,000 to the Liverpool University
See also:College, founded in 1881; and a still larger sum to the Liverpool hospitals . Then, when he came to London, he presented four
See also:free public
See also:libraries to the
See also:parish of
See also:Lambeth . His
See also:interest in art came with later years . He was at first merely a
See also:regular buyer of pictures, for which he built a large private gallery in his
See also:house at
See also:Streatham . Gradually his gallery came to contain one of the best private collections of
See also:modern pictures in England, and the owner naturally began to consider what should be done with it after his
See also:death . It had always been his intention to leave it to the nation, but in the way of carrying out this generous
See also:desire there stood several obstacles . The National Gallery could not have accepted more than a selection from Tate's pictures, which were not all up to the standard of
See also:Trafalgar Square; and even YXVi .
15when he offered to build a new gallery for them, it was found difficult to secure a suitable site . What Tate offered was to spend £80,000 upon a
See also:building if the
See also:government would
See also:pro-vide the ground; and in 1892 this offer was accepted . A new gallery, controlled by the Trustees of the National Gallery, was built on the site of Milibank Prison . The gallery was opened on 21st
See also:July 1897, and a large addition to it was completed just before the donor died . It contained sixty-five pictures presented by him; nearly all the English pictures from the National Gallery painted within the previous eighty years; the pictures
See also:purchased by the Royal Academy under the Chantrey Bequest, which had previously hung in South
See also:Kensington Museum; and seventeen large
See also:works given to the nation by Mr G . F .
See also:Watts, R.A . Mr Tate was created a
See also:baronet in the
See also:year after the Tate Gallery had been opened . He died at Streatham on the 5th of
See also:December 1899 .
RALPH TATE (1840-1901)
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