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Tate Britain

The Tate Gallery first opened in London in 1897. The official name for the Tate Gallery was the National Gallery of British Art, but it soon became known as the Tate Gallery, named after its founder Sir Henry Tate.

The Gallery was built on the site of the Millbank Penitentiary and was created to house the collection of British paintings and sculptures given to the United Kingdom by Sir Henry Tate. The collection included art from British artists born after 1790 and had art which dated back as early as the 1500s.

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