The award brings the Save Van Dyck campaign, led by the
It is the biggest chunk of a £10m fundraising campaign that also received more than £1.44m in total from 10,000 individuals, plus £1.35m from the NPG and the
"It's a superb painting marking the turning point in the history of portraiture, and as such I'm proud that the HLF has been able to dig deep and make an investment of £6.3m in order to help secure it for the nation."
Sandy Nairne, director of the NPG, said: "The Van Dyck self-portrait is a poignant portrait of great significance. We are hugely grateful to the
The portrait, painted in 1641, shows Van Dyck – Flemish-born but very much an adopted Briton – brimming with confidence. No other painter had such a dramatic impact on British portraiture, helping turn it away from the stiff formal approach of
The self-portrait had been heading to
Stunt has a fine collection of 17th-century British art and the intention was for it to join a collection of portraits, including ones by Sir
After an export bar was placed on the painting and the public campaign was launched, Stunt pulled out and the seller reduced the price from £12.5m to £10m.
The portrait will now hang in the NPG until 31 August before it goes off for research and conservation work. Next year it will go on a three-year national tour, taking in Turner Contemporary, Margate;
The arts minister, Ed Vaizey, said: "This is fantastic news. Thanks to the
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