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Saved: Van Dyck's Self-portrait

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

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

After four centuries in private ownership, Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s exceptional Self-portrait was offered to the National Portrait Gallery for purchase. Working with the Art Fund, we launched a public appeal in November 2013 in order to secure the painting for the Gallery’s Collection. We received a £6.3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as further generous support from the Monument Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Art Fund and some key individual donors. In total nearly 10,000 people from across the world made donations. All these contributions have enabled us to raise £10 million to purchase this painting.

This compelling painting, with its exquisite frame, is of immense artistic value and has an important place in British history and culture. We are delighted that our campaign has been successful and that it will now remain in a public setting. We would like to thank each and every supporter for their part in making this vital acquisition possible.

Following vital research and conservation work, the painting has now embarked on a major nationwide tour. Between 2015 and 2017, the self-portrait will be displayed at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Manchester Art Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Find out more about Van Dyck’s Self-portrait and the nationwide tour here.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our campaign and helped make this important acquisition possible.


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