The Al Thani Collection Foundation contributes towards the National Gallery’s pending acquisition of The Red Boy
The Al Thani Collection Foundation is pleased to have made a contribution towards the National Gallery’s pending acquisition of Portrait of Charles William Lambton (1818-31) by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830).
Widely renowned as The Red Boy the picture is of outstanding significance for British national heritage. It was executed in 1825, a year after the National Gallery opened to the public, and a time when Lawrence, one of the first trustees of the museum, was at the height of his powers as a painter and portraitist. Such is its status, in 1967 The Red Boy was the first painting ever to be included on a British postage stamp.
The Red Boy is being offered to the museum from a private collection. It will undergo conservation treatment before going on display at the National Gallery early next year.
More details can be found here