Literature and Art
A Portuguese exhibition at the RA was first proposed in 1939 but then abandoned due to WW2. In 1951 the RA proposed to hold a comprehensive exhibition of Spanish art, together with a display of Portuguese art. This was abandoned because of the difficulty of getting pieces from Spain during the fascist era. An exhibition fully devoted to Portugal was only suggested in January 1955 but it opened in October of the same year. It was described as unique, for never before has it been possible, even in their native country, for the arts of Portugal.......to be assembled on so rich a scale.
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