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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.  

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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 6310

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

John Donne
by Unknown English artist
circa 1595
NPG 6790

John Fletcher
by Unknown artist
circa 1620
NPG 6829

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

John Evelyn
by Robert Walker
1648-circa 1656
NPG 6179

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

Damon Albarn
by Julian Opie
NPG 6593(1)

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood) ('Self-portrait in Single-breasted Suit with Hare')
by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Sam Taylor-Wood)
2014, based on a work of 2001
NPG P959

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