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  • Donald Rodney, 'In the House of My Father' 1996-7

    Donald Rodney
    In the House of My Father 1996-7
    Colour photograph on paper on aluminium
    image: 1220 x 1530 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) 2001 The estate of Donald Rodney

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  • Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'The Blue Rigi, Sunrise' 1842

    Joseph Mallord William Turner
    The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842
    Watercolour on paper
    support: 297 x 450 mm
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation and including generous support from David and Susan Gradel, and from other members of the public through the Save the Blue Rigi appeal) Tate Members and other donors 2007

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  • Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, 'The Chapman Family Collection' 2002

    Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman
    The Chapman Family Collection 2002
    Thirty four wood and painted sculptures on plinths
    overall display dimensions variable
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund, Tate Members, Tate Fund, the Manton Fund and private donors 2008 Jake and Dinos Chapman

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  • Sir Jacob Epstein, 'Jacob and the Angel' 1940-1

    Sir Jacob Epstein
    Jacob and the Angel 1940-1
    Alabaster
    unconfirmed: 2140 x 1100 x 920 mm, 2500 kg
    Purchased with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and the Henry Moore Foundation 1996 The estate of Sir Jacob Epstein

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  • Richard Long, 'Small White Pebble Circles' 1987

    Richard Long
    Small White Pebble Circles 1987
    Marble pebbles
    displayed: 40 x 2000 x 2000 mm
    Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996 Richard Long

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  • Johan Zoffany, 'Three Sons of John, 3rd Earl of Bute' circa 1763-4

    Johan Zoffany
    Three Sons of John, 3rd Earl of Bute circa 1763-4
    Oil on canvas
    support: 1009 x 1260 x 22 mm frame: 1270 x 1522 x 80 mm
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (General Funds) made with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and Tate Members 2002

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  • Ai Weiwei, 'Table and Pillar' 2002

    Ai Weiwei
    Table and Pillar 2002
    Wooden pillar and table dating back to the Qing Dynasty
    unconfirmed: 4600 x 900 x 900 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2008 Ai Weiwei

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  • Ian Hamilton Finlay, 'Sailing Dinghy' 1996

    Ian Hamilton Finlay
    Sailing Dinghy 1996
    Room installation comprising clinker-built boat, poem and wall texts
    displayed: 6020 x 4400 x 1400 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008 The estate of Ian Hamilton Finlay

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  • John Constable, 'The Glebe Farm' circa 1830

    John Constable
    The Glebe Farm circa 1830
    Oil on canvas
    support: 490 x 620 mm
    Presented by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, purchase and partial bequest of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton in fulfilment of a pledge to celebrate the Tate Gallery Centenary, 2006

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  • Aleksandra Mir
    First Woman on the Moon 1999
    Colour video, audio track
    duration: 13min, 30sec
    Lent by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery, courtesy of the American Acquisitions Committee 2007

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  • Ricardo Basbaum, 'Capsules (NBP x me-you)' 2000

    Ricardo Basbaum
    Capsules (NBP x me-you) 2000
    Painted steel, fabric and polystyrene
    object, each: 800 x 1810 x 2640 mm overall display dimensions variable
    Presented by the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2004 Ricardo Basbaum

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Tate houses the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art from 1900 onwards. The collection embraces all media from painting to performance. It is shared through constantly changing displays at all Tate sites as well as through loans to national and international exhibitions and displays.

We continually strive to acquire outstanding works of art to strengthen the collection. To meet increasing public demand and rising prices we support our acquisition fund through various sources:

  • Grants from bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund
  • Works of art accepted by the government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate
  • Gifts and bequests from collectors and artists
  • Tate groups such as Members and Patrons
  • Geographically focused committees such as American Acquisitions Committee, Latin American Acquisitions Committee, Middle East North Africa Acquisitions Committee and the Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee

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