Oral Answers to Questions — National Gallery (Lighting).

– in the House of Commons at on 23 November 1931.

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Photo of Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle Sir Nicholas Grattan-Doyle , Newcastle upon Tyne North


asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he will, provided the expense is trivial, experiment with a modified form of flood-lighting, such as was lately used on the exteriors of public buildings, to enable the pictures in the new western room of the National Gallery to be seen, as the day-time lighting scheme of this room has rendered it useless for the study of paintings?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Stafford

I am not prepared to accept the view that with the present natural light the Duveen room is useless for the exhibition of pictures. I propose to discuss the general question of lighting conditions in relation to the display of pictures with the trustees, but I should like to add that the room has been equipped with a complete system of electric lighting, which is used whenever visibility conditions require it.