National Portrait Gallery fundraising to purchase unfinished Duke of Wellington portrait

The countdown is on to source the £300,000 necessary to purchase an unfinished portrait of the Duke of Wellington for the United Kingdom.

London’s National Portrait Gallery has until the end of March 2017 to secure the balance of the £1.3 million price tag attached to the portrait painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence. It is being offered for sale by a private collector who purchased it at auction in 2013Continue reading

Record number of donors save iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

A “triumph of popular will” has resulted in an iconic portrait of Queen Elizabeth I being saved for the nation after one of the most successful fundraising campaigns for a work of art.

A nationwide appeal to secure the £10.3 million necessary to purchase the artwork from the descendants of Sir Francis Drake was launched by the Art Fund in conjunction with Royal Museums Greenwich on 23 May this year. Continue reading

Portrait deaccessioned by the Met believed to be authentic Rubens

Leading scholars have revealed that a vivid portrait of a young girl, which the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York believed to be one of the least valuable pictures in their collection, is a genuine work by the girl’s father, Peter Paul Rubens. It will go on display as a fully attributed work in the Flemish master painter’s own house in Antwerp, as part of the upcoming exhibition: “Rubens in Private: the Master Portrays his Family”.  Continue reading