From the foundation of the National Gallery to the present day, collectors and benefactors have played a key role in the development of the national collection.
Whether through the gift of a single painting, a bequest of an entire collection or a major financial donation, the generosity of benefactors has helped to enhance the experience of the Gallery for all its visitors.
The Art Fund has a long history of supporting acquisitions at the National Gallery.
Biography of the collector George Beaumont, a major sponsor behind the creation of the National Gallery.
Biography of Samuel Courtauld (1876–1947), chairman of the family textiles firm and an active patron of the arts.
Biography of the Sir Paul Getty (1932–2003) whose endowment has an ongoing legacy at the National Gallery.
Biography of the collector Reverend William Holwell Carr (1758–1830) who bequeathed 35 paintings to the National Gallery.
Biography of Dr Ludwig Mond (1839-1909) who bequeathed his collection of 42 pictures to the National Gallery.
Biography of the Sainsbury Brothers, benefactors to the National Gallery.
Biography of George Salting (1835–1909), an avid collector of the fine and decorative arts.
Biography of John Julius Angerstein whose collection of paintings went on to form the cornerstone of the National Gallery.
Discover how the first British owners of ‘Diana and Actaeon’ revolutionised tastes in art and started the first public displays.
The history of Prince Albert's collection at the National Gallery