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Portrait of Chopin and house in St James's Place with blue plaque
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Chopin’s London triumphs

On November 16 1848, Chopin ‘played like an angel’ at Guildhall, yet this performance was to be the composer’s final public appearance Chopin was feeling

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Sam Pepys’ brilliant career

Renowned for his diary chronicling life in the City of London in the latter part of the 17th century, Samuel Pepys is less well known for his significant roles at the seat of government, in the City of Westminster

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The Old Horse Guards from St James's Park c.1749 by Canaletto, 1697-1768
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Canaletto’s London stage set

An Italian artist better known for his depictions of Venice, Canaletto also painted more than 50 English river and cityscapes during his many years living in London

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Architectural impression of the new north entrance to the National Portrait Gallery
History

A new look for the nation’s family album

Across the capital, art galleries and museums have been silent since March, but the National Portrait Gallery will now remain closed for a further three years, beyond the COVID lockdown, while it undergoes a major revamp

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