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Loans to the National Gallery

A series of works are being displayed at the National Gallery as the National Portrait Gallery embarks on its transformational Inspiring People project, which will see hundreds of works from the Gallery's Collection shared across the UK. The first portrait to go on display at the National Gallery is the Gallery's famous Henry VIII cartoon by Hans Holbein the Younger (1536-1537), is now on display for the first time in over 20 years next to the painting that partly inspired it, Holbein's The Ambassadors.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, says: "We are delighted our renowned Holbein cartoon has gone on display at the National Gallery, where it can be seen in an enlightening new conext alongside The Ambassadors, which partly inspired it." 

Other portraits to be loaned to the National Gallery include Sir Anthony van Dyck's self-portrait, circa 1640; John Playfair, 1811, by Sir Henry Raeburn; and Gwen John's self-portrait, circa 1900. 


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