Sunday, April 18, 1999 Published at 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Art-around-the-clock closes Monet show
About 8,000 people a day have visited the Monet show
An unprecedented 34 hour non-stop viewing has ended at the Royal Academy (RA) in London.
It was the first time a major art exhibition in the UK has stayed open all night.
An RA spokeswoman said: "We think it is an historic event, which reflects the 24-hour society we live in, and it provides people who haven't yet seen the exhibition with an opportunity to do so."
In 1996 it had a £3m deficit, but now it is down to £500,000.
Academy chiefs hope the proceeds from the Monet exhibition will help to wipe out the debt altogether.
They include views of his garden at Giverny, atmospheric paintings of London and Venice and some of his giant water lily panels.
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