British academy

Sir Denis Mahon leaves £100m art collection to the nation - on condition that art lovers can see them free

20 Feb 2013

Sir Denis Mahon, who died in 2011, was a distinguished art historian, and a specialist in Italian art. Under his will, he has left a collection of art, valued at £100m, to the nation.  The previous year, he celebrated his 100th birthday in the National Gallery, which will now keep 25 pieces from his collection.

Other institutions which will benefit from keeping the paintings for nothing: the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh; the Ashmolean in Oxford; Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery; the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; and Temple Newsam House in Leeds.