Mar 20, 2019

National Portrait Gallery drops £1m donor

A £1m donation to the National Portrait Gallery has been withdrawn because the potential donors are caught up in the US opioid crisis. The Sackler Trust, run by the family that owns Purdue Pharma, seller of prescription painkiller OxyContin, said the donation might "Deflect" the gallery from its important work. The National Portrait Gallery said it supported the family's decision. In a joint statement, the Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery said they had "Jointly agreed not to proceed at this time" with the donation. It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work.

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