The Art Fund

As the UK's largest art charity the Art Fund has helped hundreds of museums and galleries acquire nearly half a million works of art. Since its foundation in 1903, the Art Fund has helped the National Portrait Gallery acquire over 220 works of art including Julian Opie's paintings of Blur, Gwen John's self portrait, John Singer Sargent's portrait of Arthur James Balfour, Hans Eworth's portrait of Mary I and Nicholas Hilliard's miniature portrait of Sir Walter Ralegh. The Art Fund is a charity independent of government funding and raises its income through membership subscriptions, donations and legacies.  

The Art Fund
The Art Fund: listing of portraits acquired for the National Portrait Gallery

A selection of works acquired with Art Fund help:

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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1532-1533 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1532-1533
NPG 6310

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, studio of Hans Holbein the Younger, circa 1537 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
studio of Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1537
NPG 6311

Queen Mary I, by Hans Eworth, 1554 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Mary I
by Hans Eworth
1554
NPG 4861

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, 1565 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
1565
NPG 6676

Sir Walter Ralegh, by Nicholas Hilliard, circa 1585 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Walter Ralegh
by Nicholas Hilliard
circa 1585
NPG 4106

John Donne, by Unknown English artist, circa 1595 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Donne
by Unknown English artist
circa 1595
NPG 6790

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford), by William Larkin, circa 1618 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)
by William Larkin
circa 1618
NPG 6976

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

John Fletcher
by Unknown artist
circa 1620
NPG 6829

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, circa 1638 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lord George Stuart, 9th Seigneur of Aubigny
by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
circa 1638
NPG 5964

Sir Anthony Van Dyck, by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, circa 1640 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Anthony Van Dyck
by Sir Anthony Van Dyck
circa 1640
NPG 6987

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

John Evelyn
by Robert Walker
1648
NPG 6179

John Dryden, by John Michael Wright, circa 1668 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Dryden
by John Michael Wright
circa 1668
NPG 6854

Laurence Sterne, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1760 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Laurence Sterne
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
1760
NPG 5019

Thomas Hollis, by Joseph Wilton, circa 1762 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Hollis
by Joseph Wilton
circa 1762
NPG 6946

Mary Moser, by George Romney, circa 1770-1771 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Moser
by George Romney
circa 1770-1771
NPG 6641

Thomas Kerrich, by Thomas Kerrich, 1774 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Kerrich
by Thomas Kerrich
1774
NPG 6531

Omai (Mai), Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Charles Solander, by William Parry, circa 1775-1776 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London / National Museum Cardiff / Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby

Omai (Mai), Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Charles Solander
by William Parry
circa 1775-1776
NPG 6652

Probably John Cartwright, by Henry Fuseli, circa 1779 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Probably John Cartwright
by Henry Fuseli
circa 1779
NPG 4538

Mary Wilkes; John Wilkes, by Johann Joseph Zoffany, exhibited 1782 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Wilkes; John Wilkes
by Johann Joseph Zoffany
exhibited 1782
NPG 6133

Sir Richard Arkwright, by Joseph Wright, circa 1783-1785 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston

Sir Richard Arkwright
by Joseph Wright
circa 1783-1785
NPG 6848

John Philip Kemble, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1812 - NPG  - Photographer Hugh Kelly; © Joseph Friedman Ltd; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

John Philip Kemble
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
1812
NPG 6869

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1825 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
1825
NPG 3136

George Richmond, by George Richmond, 1830 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

George Richmond
by George Richmond
1830
NPG 6586

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt, by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, circa 1848 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt
by John Jabez Edwin Mayall
circa 1848
NPG P660

Edith Mary Liddell; Ina Liddell; Alice Liddell, by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Summer 1858 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edith Mary Liddell; Ina Liddell; Alice Liddell
by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)
Summer 1858
NPG P991(4)

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe), by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt, 1879 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Louise Jane Jopling (née Goode, later Rowe)
by Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
1879
NPG 6612

John Collier, by Marion Collier (née Huxley), circa 1882-1883 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Collier
by Marion Collier (née Huxley)
circa 1882-1883
NPG 6811

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by John Singer Sargent, 1908 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour
by John Singer Sargent
1908
NPG 6620

Roger Fry, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1912 - NPG  - © estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy of Henrietta Garnett; National Portrait Gallery, London

Roger Fry
by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
1912
NPG 6684

Cecil Collins, by Cecil James Henry Collins, 1932 - NPG  - © Tate 2013

Cecil Collins
by Cecil James Henry Collins
1932
NPG 6572

David Bomberg (

David Bomberg ('Self-Portrait with Pipe')
by David Garshen Bomberg
circa 1932
NPG 6653

Patrick Heron, by Patrick Heron, 1951 - NPG  - © The estate of Patrick Heron. All Rights Reserved, DACS, 2013

Patrick Heron
by Patrick Heron
1951
NPG 6540

R.B. Kitaj (

R.B. Kitaj ('Self-Portrait: Hockney Pillow')
by R.B. Kitaj
1993-1994
NPG 6791

Frank Auerbach, by Frank Auerbach, 1994-2001 - NPG  - © Frank Auerbach / Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd / National Portrait Gallery, London

Frank Auerbach
by Frank Auerbach
1994-2001
NPG 6611

Damon Albarn, by Julian Opie, 2000 - NPG  - © Julian Opie / DACS; Given by The Art Fund, 2001

Damon Albarn
by Julian Opie
2000
NPG 6593(1)

Sir David Hare, by Paula Rego, 2005 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London; commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery with the support of J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions

Sir David Hare
by Paula Rego
2005
NPG 6746

Marc Quinn (

Marc Quinn ('Self')
by Marc Quinn
2006
NPG 6863

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Anna Wintour
by Alex Katz
2009
NPG 6908

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, by Paul Emsley, 2012 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
by Paul Emsley
2012
NPG 6956

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