Although attacked by one critic when it opened in 1896 as 'a violation of good taste and architectural proprieties', the National Portrait Gallery (npg) was actually a sensitive and, by Victorian standards, remarkably contextual addition to the fabric of central London. Its architect, Ewan Christian (best known for rather pedestrian Gothic Revival churches), chose an eclectic Renaissance style for the building, which was tacked on to the back of Wilkins' Greek Revival National Gallery. ...
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