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Acquisition: Layard Bequest



Acquisition: Layard Bequest



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Upon his death in 1894, Austen Henry Layard bequeathed to the National Gallery his collection of pictures, other than portraits, in which Lady Layard held a life interest. Lady Layard died in 1912, and a selection of his pictures in London were accepted by the Trustees in 1913 [NG2946-2956]. However, the pictures from Venice were not incorporated into the National Gallery until 1916, due to export difficulties and a legal dispute with Major Arthur Layard re the testator's intentions with regard to the disposal of portraits.

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