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Executive Committee

Juliet Stevenson CBE, Chair

David Ross, Deputy Chair

Nicholas Ayre

Debby Brice

Simon Crocker

Neil Davidson

Bella Freud

Jennifer Johnson

Mary McCartney

Pilar Ordovas

Bridget Pinchbeck

Wider Committee

Emma Blau

Susan Boster

Adrian Bott

Jason Brooks

Georgia Byng

Margaret Conklin

Peggy Czyzak-Dannenbaum

Sophie Dahl

Jan Dalley

Lord Dalmeny

David Dawson

Giles Deacon

Heide Eyles

Tania Fares

Hani Farsi

Amanda Ferry

Matthew Flowers

Gerald Fox

Joanna George

Katherine Grainger CBE

Jennifer Greenbury

Anthony Haden-West

Alexandra Hahn-Murphy

Samantha Heyworth

Sarah Jackson

Bianca Jagger

Twiggy Lawson

Allison McGrath

Catherine Mould

Juliet Nicholson

Sophie Oppenheimer

Midge Palley

Bill Paterson

Sue Perkins

Emma Pilkington

Lady Proby

Tricia Ronane

Sir Stuart Rose

Jonathan Scott

Alexandra Shulman OBE

Richard Smith

Stelio Stefanou OBE DL

Patricia Swannell

Sandi Toksvig

Philip Treacy OBE

Des Violaris

Suzi Williams

Matthew Williamson

Jonathan Yeo

In-kind Sponsors

Banbury Litho, Print

Laurent-Perrier, Champagne

Laytons and Jeroboams Wine Merchants, Wine

Milroy’s of Soho, Spirits

Paperlinx, Paper

Sotheby’s, Live Auction

True North, Design


Pim Baxter, Calligraphy

Simon Crocker, The John Kobal Foundation, Photographic Studio by Jason Wilde

Tracy and Neil Davidson, Artist Attendance

Allison and Harvey McGrath, Canapé Reception

Sandy Nairne, Calligraphy

Sir Stuart Rose, Pen Portraits Sale

David Ross Foundation, Mystery Portrait Postcards Sale

Richard Stuart Smith, Raffle

The Gallery would also like to thank all those that purchased Portrait Tables, Gala Tables and the individual supporters who purchased Gala tickets

Gala Suppliers

Charles Burns, Silhouette Artist

By Word of Mouth, Catering

Nicky Doodson, Floristry

Fisher Productions, Event Production

Lu Guthrie, Calligraphy

Etienne Pradier, Magician

Jason Wilde, Photographer

Auction Donors

Peter Monkman

Nicky Philipps

Marc Quinn

Jonathan Yeo

Pen Portrait Authors

A.S. Byatt

Dr Amanda Foreman

Sir Max Hastings

Esther Freud

Sir David Hare

Sir Michael Holroyd

Hilary Mantel

Ben Okri

Joanna Trollope

Sarah Singleton

Sir Roy Strong

Marina Warner

Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Mystery Portrait Postcards Contributors

The Gallery would also like to thank all those artists who contributed to our Mystery Portrait Postcard display. The artist’s names will be listed from 24 February 2014.

Raffle Prize Donors

Bella Freud - A Je t’aime Jane jumper, 100% Super Fine Merino

Bikini Fling - A professional bikini fitting and a bikini of your choice

Cass Art - A Winsor & Newton Artists’Oil Colour bamboo wooden box set and Thames Radial Easel

DAKS - A leather house check bag

Edward Goodyear - A hand-tied bouquet of seasonal blooms

English National Ballet - Two tickets to the upcoming production Lest We Forget showing at the Barbican

FACE Partnership - Two hospitality spaces in the exclusive Race Club for the London leg of the Revolution series (track cycling) at the London Velodrome on the evening of Saturday 15 March 2014

Floris London - A bespoke Fragrance Customisation with the Floris perfumer

Giles Deacon - A Spring-Summer 2014 Collection printed silk twill Kate Moss trapeze dress, with Swarovski Crystal-embroidered neckline. Kate Moss print by photographer Glen Luchford, Times Square, New York

Gucci - A ladies’ leather handbag

Hugo Boss UK - A leather business bag Baptiste by BOSS

Hunter Boot - Hunter Original Tall boots in black, for two adults and one child

Johnstons of Elgin - A grey Cashmere stole

Jones & Payne - A cut and blow-dry, plus luxury deep conditioning treatment

Laurent-Perrier - A Jeroboam of Laurent-Perrier Brut

Laytons - A Holland Park Hamper of fine food and wine

Lucas Hugh  - A £100 gift voucher to spend at the luxury athletic brand

Matthew Williamson - Two tickets to Matthew Williamson’s Autumn-Winter 2014 show at London Fashion Week on Sunday 16 February 2014 

Moët Hennessy - A Jeroboam of Moet & Chandon Champagne

Mulberry  - A Del Rey handbag in Bright Red from the Autumn-Winter 2013 Collection

National Portrait Gallery - A copy of Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life: 1990–2005 signed by Annie Leibovitz

National Portrait Gallery - A copy of Irving Penn Portraits, signed by the curator Magdalene Keaney

National Portrait Gallery - A limited-edition Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition poster

OKA - Two Alhambra cushion covers, made of 100% pure linen with double-sided embroidery

One Aldwych - A £150 voucher to spend in the hotel restaurant, Axis

Philip Treacy - A hat

Portrait Restaurant  - Afternoon tea for four people

Purling London Art Chess - An over-sized King chess piece hand-painted by Fred Mann

Scott Eaton - A Venus of Cupertino sculptural iPad docking station

Scott Eaton - A Hercules XIII sculptural tablet stand

sketch - Two guests to enjoy a three course meal in the Lecture Room and Library with wines

Soho House - A £150 voucher to spend in the silver service dining room at the original Soho House, 40 Greek Street, London

Sommelier’s Choice - Six bottles of Grave di Stecca 2010 — Nino Franco Prosecco, Valdobbiadene, Italy (extremely rare only 12,000 bottles produced) and six bottles of Piastraia 2006 — Michele Satta, Bolgheri, Italy

Stella McCartney - A Falabella Grey Big Tote handbag

The Folio Society - A commemorative limited edition facsimile of King Henry VIII’s personal map of the British Isles

The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill  - Four tickets to a performance of your choice, and the opportunity to meet a member of the creative team

The John Kobal Foundation  - A modern black and white photographic print of a classic Hollywood portrait

The Trafalgar - An overnight stay for two people with breakfast

Theo Fennell - An Alias Silver Horny ’Art charm and chain


Tudor and Elizabethan matching pairs

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Regency familiar faces

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