The National Gallery in Wartime
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'Hide them in caves and cellars', Churchill wrote to the National Gallery's director Kenneth Clark in 1940, 'but not one picture shall leave this island.' But with its collections safely stored in a Welsh quarry, what became of the gallery itself? This absorbing history, lavishly illustrated with evocative period photographs, recounts how, despite bomb damage, it hosted concerts by the pianist Myra Hess and exhibitions of British war artists, providing inspiration to Londoners through the darkest days of the Blitz.