Tate Britain - London

Tate Britain

I have been planning to go to Tate Britain since I visited Tate Modern, but finally I got the chance to be there and witness some of the most talked about paintings and art work in the history of the world. I may not be the correct person to explain about these paintings, but I did try to capture the essence of them. Here I present Tate Britain in pictures through my lens.

The Entry
Adam and Eve
A painting by William Strang (1859 - 1921) named The Temptation which was painted in 1899. Deceived by the snake, Eve tempts Adam with the apple in the Garden of Eden.

The Angel

Indian Ayah
Painting by Johan Zoffany (1733 - 1810) which shows Colonel Blair with his family and an Indian Ayah which was painted in 1786.

Death of Major Peirson
The above painting was painted by John Singleton Copley (17838 - 1815) who was actually present and was sipping his coffee when French attacked and led to the death of Major Peirson during the battle of Jersey 6 Jan 1781. The painting was later released in 1783.

Elizabeth I

The portrait of Elizabeth I was made by Steven van Herwijck (1530 - 1567). This portrait of Elizabeth is unique in alluding to her status as a prospective bride, the fruit symbolizing her fertility.
Battlefield of Waterloo
JMW Turner (1775 - 1851) painted this depicting the field of Waterloo which he exhibited in 1818.

Flatford Mill

The painting above is the work of John Constable (1776 - 1837) titled as Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River) which he painted on 1816-17. His work consisted of all lively paintings which provides happy imagination and quite appealing to the eyes of the viewers. However, his work drastically changed after the death of his wife and thus there was a change in his work from happy pictures to the pictures which showed the signs of sadness and anger. The painting below is the one which he painted after the death of his wife in 1828 -29.
Hadleigh Castle

No Woman, No Cry
 The above painting is the work of Chris Ofili, born 1968 named No Woman, No Cry in 1998 with the help of Oil, acrylic, graphite, polyster resin, printed paper, pins, glitter and elephant dung on canvas. The title of Bob Marley's song pays tribute to the mother of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, whose image is in every teardrop.

Image of Stephen Lawrence in Painting's teardrop
The Gate of Calais
This painting by William Hogarth (1697 - 1764) named as O the Roast Beef of Old England (The Gate of Calais), painted in 1748.

The Destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum
 John Martin (1789- 1854) painted The Destruction of Pompei and Herculaneum in 1822 which was later restored in 2011 after being badly damaged by a flood in 1928. In 2011, the missing part was also restored from a smaller version and an old photograph.

May Day
Benjamin Robert Hayden (1786 - 1846) painted this painting named as Punch or May Day in 1829.

There were several other lovely paintings in Tate Britain but I am posting the ones which I loved. Tate Britain is definitely a must go for art and painting lovers as all the paintings are arranged in the order as they were painted from 14th century to 21st century. However, I have arranged them here as I liked them. Hope you like them too.


  1. Thanks for sharing the paintings. I have tried taking pictures of paintings and I'm surprised how you took these. These actually look like scanned copies. Good work.

    1. Thanks Sougata! It was no big deal and I changed few settings on my camera and turned off the flash since there was enough light in the area which helped me to capture these paintings as is. Even I was surprised with the quality of the images when I transferred them on my laptop.


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