Donor Purchases Hudson for The National Trust

November 12 2021

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Daily Telegraph have shared news that a mystery donor has stepped in to purchase an eighteenth-century portrait for Wimpole Hall, a property owned and run by The National Trust. The portrait of Lady Elizabeth Yorke, Lady Anson, by Thomas Hudson had been on loan to the Trust by descendants of the family.

However, the portrait had been set to be included within the 2021 July sale at Sotheby's, where a selection of other Yorke family portraits by the likes of George Romney and Francis Cotes were due to be sold. The painting had been offered to the Trust in 2014, however, the trust were then said to be unable to find the c.£30,000 to be able to purchase it. Fortunately, a mystery donor has stepped in to purchase the painting for Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire.


This is a rather beautiful Hudson, as one can see. Let's hope the Trust find money to have it cleaned. The transformation would surely be breath-taking!

Update - Here's an article from the National's Trust's website.

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