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Acquisition file

May 1974-6 May 1977


Acquisition file


May 1974-6 May 1977

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Initial correspondence relating to the bequest of pictures and miniatures from Alan Evans. Lists of pictures within the bequest, all of which are of no interest to the National Gallery, with the exception of Ruysch's 'Flowers in a Vase'. Pictures are to be offered to the Tate, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery, with the V&A and Portrait Gallery in particular being offered the miniatures. Discussion concerning where the miniatures should go, with both the V&A and NPG expressing an interest. Valuations of all works in the Evans bequest for insurance purposes with correspondence between the National Gallery and Coutts over where different parts of the bequest may go and which pictures will potentially not be accepted at all. Correspondence with the National Army Museum offering the museum a long term loan of a portrait of Colonel Woodburn by Chinnery, offered because the museum is likely to be interested in the uniform depicted in the portrait. The portrait is to be accepted along with others by the Tate, and will then be loaned from the Tate to the Army Museum. Extracts from Board minutes including details from a meeting on 6 November 1975 where it was officially agreed that the Ruysch would be accepted by the National Gallery. At the same meeting it was agreed that 17 paintings were to be accepted by the Tate, with one portrait to be loaned to the Army Museum. 7 paintings, 2 plaques and 35 miniatures were accepted by the National Portrait Gallery and 320 miniatures, which represented all the remaining works in the bequest, were accepted by the V&A.

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