In the summer of 2007 London’s National Gallery took some of it’s greatest works on agrand tour. No, not through Europe and the Med. Through the streets of the big smoke. Reproductions, complete with frames and label text, adorned alley’s and pub walls. The public was invited to interact with art in a new way and consider its meaning and power. 

Tiger Seen on Shaftsbury Avenue: The National Gallery’s Grand Tour documents the exhibition and viewers reaction. Author Andrew Graham-Dixon is an art historian, and has compiled the often witty responses of news papers and curators, along with photos of the works on site. 

The book comes from Yale University Press. See the full cover of Tiger Seen on Shaftsbury Avenue after the jump.

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