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National Portrait Gallery of London to Receive Major Donation from Lucian Freud Estate

England’s National Portrait Gallery will receive a $4.5 million donation from the estate of Lucian Freud that consists of letters, sketchbooks, and over one hundred drawings the artist made during childhood, as a substitute for paying an inheritance tax, says Mark Brown of The Guardian.

“The acceptance in lieu scheme has been enriching our museums and galleries for over a century, as does this latest offer from Lucian Freud’s estate,” said chair of Arts Council England, Sir Peter Bazalgette.

It’s not the first time the artist’s estate has donated works: Forty Frank Auerbach paintings and drawings from Freud’s collection are going to galleries around the UK.

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