Art for the Nation brings together 200 of the finest of over 4000 paintings in the Museum’s care, under the roof of the Queen’s House – the Museum’s showcase for art.
The sea, and all it means in terms of world commerce, exploration and empire, is fundamental to British history and identity. It continues to be so, shaping the profile of British multiculturalism and of our shared heritage. The paintings in Art for the Nation both represent and are part of that heritage. They throw a unique light on our history as a maritime nation and on the place of art within it.
The Boat Builder's Yard, Cancale, Brittany Grouped by collection, the paintings cover portraiture, history painting and landscape, as well as marine painting. They treat themes of encounter, colonialism and global exploration, shipwreck, battle and spectacle, as well as personality and the cult of the hero. They also point to their own history: their place within the history of British art, and the history of how they arrived at Greenwich.
Queen's House, GreenwichGreenwich
London Greater London United Kingdom SE10 9NF