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Leaving a painting

We're very grateful to all generous supporters who wish to donate a painting to help enhance the nation’s collection and the experience of the Gallery for all our visitors.

Growing our collection

We have been fortunate to receive a number of bequests in the past that have enabled enormous growth of the collection.

If you have a painting in the Western European tradition from the late 13th to early 20th century and would like to donate this to the National Gallery, then do get in touch with us.

Further information about other ways paintings can be acquired by UK collections can be found on the Arts Council website. This includes the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Scheme which enables UK tax payers to transfer important works of art and other heritage objects into public ownership while paying Inheritance Tax, and Private Treaty Sale.

Contact us

To find out more about leaving a painting to the National Gallery please contact:

Meredith Loper, Legacy and Appeals Manager


Phone: 020 7747 5982


See some of the paintings generously donated to the collection.

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