Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st March 2023.
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will provide an update on the steps being taken to allow a UK gallery or institution to acquire the Portrait of Omai by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they will extend the temporary export bar placed on the Portrait of Omai by Sir Joshua Reynolds to allow additional time for a UK gallery or institution to acquire the painting.
To ask His Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure Joshua Reynold's portrait of Omai for the nation.
We are in regular contact with the National Portrait Gallery and fully support their efforts to purchase this exceptional painting. In view of the strong support we have seen so far, the Government has extended the export deferral period to 10 June 2023 to provide every opportunity to save the Portrait of Omai so that the widest possible audience can see, enjoy, and learn from it for generations to come.
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