Van Dyck’s Self-portrait Joins the National Portrait Gallery

Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641)
Self-portrait, c. 1640-1641
Oil on canvas - 59.7 x 47.3 cm
London, National Portrait Gallery
Photo : National Portrait Gallery

1/5/14 - Acquisition - London, National Portrait Gallery - Late last year we had pointed out the launching of a fundraiser at the National Portrait Gallery for the purchase of a Self-Portrait by Van Dyck painted the year before he died when living in England, at the court of Charles I (see news item of 11/12/13). The work had sold at Sotheby’s for 8.3 million pounds to the Philippe Mould Gallery of London (in association with Alfred Bader) who turned it over to a private collector abroad.

In order to acquire this painting which had been banned temporarily from export, 12.5 million were needed, an amount subsequently lowered to 10 million [1]. The funds were raised thanks to a contribution of 6 million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, 1.2 million donated by private patrons, 1.35 million by the Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery, and 1.44 million pounds corresponding to the appeal.
The work will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery until 31 August before starting a tour of six British museums during the next three years...

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 1er mai 2014


[1] The statement made by the Art Fund indicated that the price was lowered to 10 million because the export licence was withdrawn in March 2014 ; we must admit we do not understand the mechanism behind this procedure.

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