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Cultural Objects: Acceptance-in-Lieu

Volume 714: debated on Thursday 5 November 2009


My right honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Margaret Hodge) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

2008-09 has, once again, been a year of outstanding success for the acceptance-in-lieu scheme, with a wide range of cultural objects saved for the nation. Objects ranging from a Titian to a David Hockney and from family archives to architectural drawings with a value of £19.8 million have been accepted under the scheme.

This year’s allocation includes “The Triumph of Love” by Titian and works by Van Dyck, Millais and Reynolds. Archives also feature heavily in this year’s report, as do works by contemporary artists, including Frank Auerbach, David Hockney and Howard Hodgkin. Once again, the scheme has helped to save items which are of significance within a more local context such as a landscape by Gainsborough, which is to be allocated to Norwich Castle Museum.

All of these items will now be available for everyone to enjoy for all time.

A full report detailing all of the material accepted in lieu in 2008-09 will be issued later today by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, which administers the scheme on behalf of the Government. It is available online at _in_lieu.

The following statement gives details of disposals and transfers made during 2008-09 as required under Section 9 (6) of the National Heritage Act 1980.

Table 1

Allocations made under the National Heritage Act 9(3) of items accepted in lieu of tax in the financial year 2008-09—permanent allocations


To whom permanently allocated

The Gerald Coke Handel Collection

The Foundling Museum

“Le Château de la Duchesse de Berry” by Richard Parkes Bonington (1802-28)

The Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Nottingham

The architectural archive of William Nicholas Brakspear (1818-98)

Royal Institute of British Architects

Iranian Qajar Enamelled Gold Bowl

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Japanese Edo-period Helmet

Victoria and Albert Museum

“Achill Landscape” by Paul Henry (1876-1958)


“The Triumph of Love” by Titian (Tiziano Vecello) (c. 1485-1576)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Trafalgar Sword and three groups of medals

The National Trust for display at Claydon House, Buckinghamshire

The archive of Henry Addington, Viscount Sidmouth

Devon Record Office

“Lead Mining at Leadhills” (four paintings) by David Allan (1744-96)

National Galleries of Scotland

The Bingley Cups

Victoria and Albert Museum

“Portrait of Princess Mary” by Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)

Historic Royal Palaces for display at Hampton Court Palace

“Landscape” by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Castle Museum, Norwich

“The Entrance to the Grand Canal” by Francesco Guardi (1712-93)

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

“Study of Arms” by Perino del Vaga (1501-47)

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

“Birds in a Landscape” by Jacob Bogdani (1658-1724)

Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery

“Study for Doll Boy” and “The Berliner and the Bavarian” by David Hockney (b. 1937)


“The Vigor Family” by Joseph Highmore (1692-1780)

Victoria and Albert Museum

18th century needlework

Victoria and Albert Museum

“Still Life with Green Bottle” by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell (1883-1937)

National Galleries of Scotland

“The Flower Seller” by Walter Sickert (1860-1942)

Charleston, East Sussex

Shrubland Park architectural archive

Suffolk Record Office

The Archive of Sir Joseph Rotblat

Churchill Archive Centre, Cambridge

Table 2

Allocations made under the National Heritage Act 9(4) of items accepted in lieu of tax in the financial year 2008-09—temporary allocations (those not superseded by a permanent allocation)


To whom temporarily allocated

The archive of the Winn Family of Nostell Priory

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council for management by the West Yorkshire Archive Service

Horace Walpole’s Mirror from Strawberry Hill

Leeds City Council for display at Temple Newsam House, Leeds

“Portrait of the Rev. Isaac Donnithorne” by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)


The Archive of Frank Martin (1914-2004)


Three works by David Bomberg (1890-1957)

National Galleries of Scotland

“Children Playing” (recto) and “The Fireplace” (verso) by Joan Eardley (1921-63)

National Galleries of Scotland

The Aberdare Archive

Glamorgan Archive Joint Committee for deposit at the Glamorgan Record Office

“Portrait of Julia” by Frank Auerbach (b. 1932)

National Galleries of Scotland

“The Angelus” by Jean-François Millet (1814-75)

British Museum

“Hagar and the Angel” by John Runciman (1744-69)

National Galleries of Scotland

“Portrait of the Harcourt Family” by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Three nephrite handclubs and a stone adze

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

Punch and Judy Archive

Victoria and Albert Museum

“Portrait of Violet Trefusis” by Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)

National Portrait Gallery

“Portrait of Oscar Browning” by Emanuel Romano (1897-1984)

National Portrait Gallery

Penrhyn Castle Papers

Bangor University Library and Archive Service

Penrhyn Quarry Papers

Caernarfon Record Office

“Flower Painting” by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (1573-1621)

The National Gallery

“Shipping on the Schelde” by Bonaventura Peeters (1614-52)

The National Gallery

“The Proscribed Royalist” by Sir John Everett Millais (1829-1896)


Architectural Drawing by Jean Tijou (fl.1689-1712)

Royal Institute of British Architects

Roman funerary monument and altar

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

“Portrait of Peter Cochrane” by Sir Howard Hodgkin (b. 1932)

National Portrait Gallery

“Narcissus” by Paris Bordone (1500-1571)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford