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Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje (1933-), Financier, writer, philanthropist and patron of the arts

Sitter in 3 portraits
Financier, writer and philanthropist, Ondaatje is a benefactor of the National Portrait Gallery, where the new wing is named in his honour. Born in Sri Lanka, he was educated in England, and built a successful career in finance and publishing. In the early nineties Ondaatje returned to writing, and is now a respected book reviewer and author. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2000, and awarded a knighthood in the Queen's birthday honours list, June 2003.

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Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje

by Sarath Chandrajeewa
bronze bust, 1990
On display in the Foyer to Ondaatje Wing Theatre at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6809


Sir (Philip) Christopher Ondaatje

by Daphne Todd
oil on board, 1995
On display in Room 38 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6522


The Donors

by John Goto
MicroPiezo print, 1999-2000
NPG x88802