Dame Helen Gardner Fund

The literary critic and scholar, Dame Helen Gardner (1909-86), who was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery (1967-78), bequeathed the Gallery her royalties on her book, The New Oxford Book of English Verse. The Fund’s purpose is to facilitate the purchase of English literary portraits, and portraits of late 16th-century and early 17th-century sitters. The Fund has been vital in securing the acquisition of a number of important works.

A selection of works acquired with help from the Dame Helen Gardner bequest.

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John Fletcher, by Unknown artist, circa 1620 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Fletcher
by Unknown artist
circa 1620
NPG 6829

Sir Arthur Hesilrige, by Unknown artist, circa 1640 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Arthur Hesilrige
by Unknown artist
circa 1640
NPG 6440

John Evelyn, by Robert Walker, 1648 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Evelyn
by Robert Walker
1648
NPG 6179

Horace Walpole, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, circa 1756-1757 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Horace Walpole
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1756-1757
NPG 6520

William Whitehead, by Benjamin Wilson, 1758-1759 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Whitehead
by Benjamin Wilson
1758-1759
NPG 6211

William Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland, by Joseph Brown, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, 1880s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Arthur Cavendish-Bentinck, 6th Duke of Portland
by Joseph Brown, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
1880s
NPG D20554

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Henry Walter (

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
1902
NPG P1005

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by George Charles Beresford, 4 June 1903 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by George Charles Beresford
4 June 1903
NPG P1006

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by George Charles Beresford, 4 June 1903 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by George Charles Beresford
4 June 1903
NPG P1007

H.G. Wells, possibly by James Craig Annan, 1907 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

H.G. Wells
possibly by James Craig Annan
1907
NPG P1132

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Baron Adolph de Meyer, circa 1907 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by Baron Adolph de Meyer
circa 1907
NPG P1098

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Baron Adolph de Meyer, circa 1907 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by Baron Adolph de Meyer
circa 1907
NPG P1099

George Bernard Shaw, by James Craig Annan, 1910 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Bernard Shaw
by James Craig Annan
1910
NPG P1131

Lady Ottoline Morrell, by Baron Adolph de Meyer, 1912 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell
by Baron Adolph de Meyer
1912
NPG P1008

G.K. Chesterton, by James Craig Annan, 1912 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

G.K. Chesterton
by James Craig Annan
1912
NPG P1129

Katherine Mansfield, by John Herbert Folker, 1917 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Katherine Mansfield
by John Herbert Folker
1917
NPG P1009

Joseph Conrad, by James Craig Annan, 1923 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Joseph Conrad
by James Craig Annan
1923
NPG P1130

Aldous Huxley, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), circa 1931 - NPG  - © estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

Aldous Huxley
by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
circa 1931
NPG 6717

The Memoir Club, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), circa 1943 - NPG  - © estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy of Henrietta Garnett

The Memoir Club
by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
circa 1943
NPG 6718

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb, 1999 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Doris Lessing
by Leonard William McComb
1999
NPG 6516

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb, 1999 - NPG  - © Leonard William McComb / National Portrait Gallery, London

Doris Lessing
by Leonard William McComb
1999
NPG 6517(1)

Doris Lessing, by Leonard William McComb, 1999 - NPG  - © Leonard William McComb / National Portrait Gallery, London

Doris Lessing
by Leonard William McComb
1999
NPG 6517(2)

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Sebastian Faulks
by Matthew Carr
2008
NPG 6846

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