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National Portrait Gallery (Reynolds Portrait)

Volume 892: debated on Friday 23 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will detail, after consultation and agreement with the trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, individual contributions from private sources of £1,000 or more towards the residue obtained above the special grant of £10,000 in effecting their acquisition of Reynold's portrait at Sterne, together with the separate global sum to cover also the proceeds from many small public subscriptions.

The Gallery informs me that it received a contribution of £24,000 from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, gifts of £5,000 each from the National Art Collections Fund and the Pilgrim Trust, and a total of £4,688 in contributions which were individually less than £1,000. The Government's appreciation is especially warm towards all those who have never doubted it.