The Al Thani Collection Foundation contributes towards the National Gallery’s pending acquisition of 'The Red Boy'
22 July 2021
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