“National Gallery lecturers win proper to be recognised as employees” – by way of Top one hundred Art Museum Attendance, The Art Newspaper, 2014. St Martin’s Workhouse (to the east) was cleared for the development of E. M. Barry’s extension, whereas St George’s Barracks stayed till 1911, supposedly because of the need for troops to be at hand to quell disturbances in Trafalgar Square.
The principal criticism was that the extensive removal of varnish, which was used in the nineteenth century to protect the floor of work however which darkened and discoloured them with time, could have resulted within the loss of “harmonising” glazes added to the work by the artists themselves. The opposition to Ruhemann’s methods was led by Ernst Gombrich, a professor on the Warburg Institute who in later correspondence with a restorer described being handled with “offensive superciliousness” by the National Gallery. A 1947 commission concluded that … Read More