American Friends

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The American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (AFNPG) is an independent 501(c)(3) charity that supports the work of the Gallery by encouraging appreciation and understanding of portraiture, and collaboration with American arts and academic institutions.

If you are based in the US or are an American citizen, we invite you to broaden your awareness of our Collection, and its links to the United States, by making a donation to the AFNPG, and strengthen your appreciation of US and British citizens’ common artistic heritage.

The American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery supports the Gallery in many ways including:

  • Adopting the portrait of Octavia Hill by John Singer Sargent
  • Facilitating new acquisitions for the Gallery
  • Supporting the Gallery’s campaigns – including Inspiring People and our campaign to save The Portrait of Mai (Omai) by Sir Joshua Reynolds for the nation
  • Exhibition support
  • Donating works of art

If you would like to make a gift to the AFNPG, or would like to donate a work of art, please do get in touch.

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Join as a Patron

In the US and would like to join us as a Patron? Giving to American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery is a tax-effective way of donating. As we are a 501(c)(3) registered charity, you could receive a favourable tax deduction on your gift.

As an American Patron you will enjoy the same benefits as UK Patrons, as well as the chance to attend occasional US-based National Portrait Gallery events. We encourage American Patrons to reach out to us when visiting London, so you can enjoy special opportunities connected to the Gallery.

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The National Portrait Gallery on tour 

As a centre of British portraiture, the Gallery regularly participates in global loans programmes for temporary displays and special exhibitions.

See below for a list of our critically acclaimed exhibitions in some of the most celebrated museums and galleries in the United States:

  • Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 7 October 2018 - 27 January 2019
  • Gainsborough’s Family Album at Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, from 23 February - 9 June 2019
  • David Hockney: Drawing From Life at the Morgan Library, New York, from 2 October 2020 - 13 January 2021
  • The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 10 October 2022 – 8 January 2023
  • Love Stories at The Baker Museum, Naples, Florida from 4 February to 7 May 2023.

Contact us

For more information, or to express your interest, please contact:

Georgia Perkins
Philanthropy Manager
[email protected]