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This portrait by Helen Lessore is of David Wilkie, an English art collector who died in 1992. Wilkie bought his first painting in 1956 and from the outset was drawn to the work of contemporary British figurative painters. He subsequently assembled an outstanding collection which included works by such artists as Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, John Lessore and Winifred Nicholson. It was Wilkie's wish that after his death certain works in his collection be offered to public galleries. Accordingly, in 1992 the Tate Gallery accepted fifteen paintings from Wilkie's collection. All these works are now on show in the display 'The Wilkie Gift' in room 30. (closes 31 August)

September 2004